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Macron hosts Biden in Paris as the two leaders try to move past trade tensions

Macron hosts Biden in Paris as the two leaders try to move past trade tensions
France and the U.S. remain committed allies, but the two presidents have clashed over wars in Ukraine and Gaza.

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French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting President Joe Biden for a state visit to show off their partnership on global security issues and move past trade tensions. The visit follows ceremonies marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day, where both leaders used the opportunity to underscore the urgent need to support Ukraine's fight against Russia's invasion. The state visit will include a welcome ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe, a military parade along the Champs-Élysées, and official meetings at the Élysée Palace. The two leaders will also discuss maritime law enforcement cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, economic and climate challenges, and efforts to bring about a cease-fire to the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza. Macron is expected to raise U.S. trade practices that he has often criticized, including the Inflation Reduction Act, which favors American-made climate technology. The visit comes ahead of Sunday's European Parliament election, in which the far right is likely to emerge as one of the biggest winners while Macron's pro-EU movement is flagging.

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