On Saturday, French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, his running mate, on their election win.
To solve today’s problems, we have a lot to do. Together, let’s work! ‘Macron tweeted, in French and English, after Biden’s victory over incumbent Donald Trump was confirmed by major US media networks.
Macron has never met Biden, who will be the 46th president of the United States in January. Under Macron, France is keen on Europe to step away from its dependence on US military strength, in particular for security.
On Thursday, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian reiterated recent comments from Paris that, under Trump, the essence of US-EU relations had forever changed.
Europe, he said, wants to create a “modern trans-Atlantic alliance, which is a new partnership” regardless of who wins.
“As Europe affirms its supremacy in defense, defense and strategic autonomy, Le Drian added,” we can not go back to the status quo ante, to any kind of good old days in the trans-Atlantic partnership.
The French political class, aside from the far right, usually hailed Biden’s success in the elections, which saw him gain more votes than any other US president in history.
The “positive news for American democracy” was welcomed by former French President Francois Hollande, who was in office when Trump came to power in 2016.
After Trump pulled out of it, Biden vowed to return the United States to the Paris Climate Agreement. Hollande hailed the “happy news for the world with the return of the climate deal to the United States.”