blackouts, friendship with Biden, dialogue with Putin… what to remember from the interview

Visit to the USA, blackouts and war in Ukraine: Emmanuel Macron was reassuring about the energy reserves in France and showed his solid understanding with Joe Biden in an interview on TF1 on Saturday, December 3. Here are the most important points to remember.

Friendship shown with Joe Biden

Why did you choose Emmanuel Macron for his first state visit? “Because he’s my friend”Joe Biden said simply as he walked into the Oval Office on Thursday on the third day of the French president’s visit. “It is an honor that has been done to France”the French president told TF1, adding: “This visit lived up to our expectations. »

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Macron’s visit: For the US, France remains a difficult… but strategic ally

Despite some tensions, the time has come for coordination. Although perhaps the most contentious issue: Joe Biden’s energy transition policy, which unabashedly prioritizes American jobs and products “made in the usa”. Everything to
kind of massive subsidies doomed “super aggressive” on Wednesday by Emmanuel Macron, who fears they will jeopardize Europe’s plans for green energy and industrial recovery.

“We Europeans must be more efficient. We must not ask the Americans to solve our problems.” Emmanuel Macron finally said on TF1 last Saturday.

The White House used all its pomp to celebrate Franco-American friendship during this four-day visit. On Thursday evening, a large dinner was organized in the White House. Among the approximately 350 guests, the pope of my fashion Anna Wintour, the actress Jennifer Garner and the musician John Legend.

Union faces the war in Ukraine

The French president recalled the cooperation between the two states to end the war in Ukraine. He assured that the United States and France want “Do everything to put pressure on Russia to come back to the negotiating table.”

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Regarding possible negotiations, Emmanuel Macron reminded that “the Ukrainian people must decide”. “Do you think that when we were to experience the conquest of Alsace and Lorraine, we would have liked to have a world leader telling us to do this or that? […] It is up to the Ukrainian people to decide on their own and under what conditions, how, when, not up to us.”he insisted.

The president has also said that he is ready to enter into dialogue with Vladimir Putin again, which Joe Biden rejects at the moment. “I will speak with President Putin again after having the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency “, Emmanuel Macron said and believed that the most important thing was to “ensure that there is no escalation of civilian nuclear power”.

“Don’t panic” about possible power outages this winter

Emmanuel Macron invited the French not to “do not panic” faced with the risk of blackouts this winter, even assessing that they could be avoided if consumption was reduced by 10% according to the plan put forward by the government.

“Don’t panic, it’s useless”he said. “If we all stick to the sobriety plan that the government has put forward […] so yes we will be able to pass even with a cold month of December and January in this period, it depends on us ”he added.

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On pensions, the president stays and signs

“Yes, we have to do it,” Emmanuel Macron said of the pension reform, the first terms of which were revealed on Thursday evening by Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne.

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“The negotiations between the government and the social partners are expected to be concluded in the coming weeks”assured the president.

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