US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron depart after dining at the restaurant Fiola Mare, in Washington, DC, US, on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. Biden will welcome French President Macron for the first White House state dinner in more than three years on Thursday, setting aside recent tensions with Paris over defense and trade issues to celebrate the oldest US alliance. Photographer: Ting Shen/Pool/Sipa USA
WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidents Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron are celebrating the longstanding U.S.-French relationship — but these are friends with differences. The French president isn’t hiding his displeasure with aspects of Biden’s signature climate law that Macron said will have an enormous negative impact on European companies. Biden is set to welcome Macron to the White House on Thursday for a visit that will conclude with the first state dinner of the Biden administration. Ahead of Thursday’s meeting, Macron made clear that he and other European leaders are deeply concerned about U.S. incentives that favor American-made climate technology, including electric vehicles.
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