Macron brings up election denial during the toast at the White House state dinner
French President Emmanuel Macron used his toast at the State Dinner at the White House on Thursday to warn that democratic elections and other values and principles shared by both the US and France are “at risk”.
“We come from the same values and principles,” Macron said as he stood alongside President Biden on the South Lawn of the White House in a temporary glass pavilion set up for the extravagant event honoring America’s first ally.
“These principles are at risk, being questioned even in our societies, in our democracies, many people just want to jeopardize or undo these principles by challenging elections,” Macron continued, according to a White House pool report.
“Long live the United States of America, long live France and long live the friendship between our two countries,” Macron said in French as he finished his toast.
Before Macron’s toast, Biden, 80, raised his glass “to France” and “to the history that binds us and to the values that still unite us”.
“Vive la France and God Bless America,” Biden said before the two leaders clashed.
The state dinner at the White House on Thursday was the first to be hosted by Biden as president.
Celebrity guests included actresses Jennifer Garner and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, singer John Legend, CBS “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert, “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, and “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts were among the honored guests.
Before being treated to late-night entertainment by New Orleans singer Jon Batiste, guests ate Maine lobster and caviar, American artisan cheese and orange chiffon cake accompanied by a selection of California wines.