[Global Times special correspondent in France Yu Chaofan Global Times reporter Li Xiaoxiao] French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte arrived at the Andrews Air Force Base in the suburbs of Washington on the evening of November 29 local time, starting a three-day state visit to the United States .

Agence France-Presse stated that Macron was the first French president to be invited to pay a state visit to the United States twice (the last time was in April 2018, when Trump was the president of the United States), which is a rare "honor".

However, CNN said that officials from both countries did not expect the visit to yield major results.

  'Not a consistent ally'

  According to the schedule announced by the French side, on November 30, Macron will visit the NASA headquarters accompanied by US Vice President Harris.

The next day, after the welcome ceremony, Macron and Biden will hold closed-door talks in the Oval Office of the White House. That night, the White House will hold a grand state banquet to welcome Macron.

On the last day of the visit, Macron will visit New Orleans, USA, accompanied by the well-known French director Claude Lelouch.

The city is a former French colony and has retained a strong French cultural tradition.

  The relationship between France and the United States has been turbulent in recent years.

Agence France-Presse stated that in September 2021, Washington announced the formation of the "AUKUS" (AUKUS) alliance with Australia and the United Kingdom, and Australia unilaterally canceled its large submarine order with France.

In addition, France is deeply dissatisfied with being excluded from the so-called "Indo-Pacific strategy" of the United States.

  CNN stated that the presidents of the two countries have had talks on many international occasions, and now is a "critical period" in the relationship between the two countries.

However, there are still discordant notes hidden under the melody of US-French friendship.

Agence France-Presse stated that France and the United States have differences.

French officials stated that France and the United States are "not consistent allies", and Macron hopes to start a "serious" dialogue.

  Macron wants to show EU solidarity

  Trade disputes and the Russia-Ukraine conflict are at the center of differences between France and the United States.

Agence France-Presse believes that the trade war is a "lose-lose" for the EU.

The European Union, threatened with recession, is increasingly focused on the issue, while the United States is far less affected.

French "Le Monde" said that Macron will discuss the controversial "Inflation Reduction Act" with Biden.

The bill has caused dissatisfaction in many European countries because the relevant subsidies are "discriminatory".

Before taking the plane to Washington, Macron said that the bill provides generous subsidies for US electric vehicles, batteries and other industries, and is a "protectionist measure that poses a huge challenge to European industry."

A spokesman for the Elysee Palace said last week that the visit was important and "we will advocate for European interests".

The "Voice of Deutsche Welle" stated on November 30 that Macron's trip was aimed at demonstrating EU unity.

  Just about 10 days ago, on the evening of November 21, Macron held a special dinner at the Elysee Palace, inviting the CEOs of 49 major European manufacturing companies, including Ericsson, AstraZeneca, and BMW, and asking them to leave their factories behind. In France.

  Agence France-Presse stated that Macron hopes that the US government can grant immunity to a certain number of European industrial companies.

However, Olivier, a former economist at the International Monetary Fund, believes that Macron's visit is powerless to prevent European companies from moving to the United States under the temptation of interests, and it is not easy for the United States to amend the bill.

 U.S. Efforts to Appease France

  Since the outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Macron has dissatisfied the United States with his attitude of both supporting Kyiv and talking to Moscow.

CNN stated that Macron has repeatedly warned Biden to be cautious in his words and deeds and not to escalate risks.

Agence France-Presse said that Macron is expected to visit Russia after his visit to the United States.

  Qatar Al Jazeera stated that "the United States has deceived Europe."

France and Germany, long opposed to US pressure, are angry that the US is using "fear of Russia" to advance US interests.

Macron once called on Europe to "wake up" because the United States will not let Europe go.

  CNN said that despite the close relationship between the United States and France, Macron has not shied away from opening up his own space on the global stage.

But despite differences in tactics and styles, both sides also know that the partnership is fundamentally about preserving it.

"The atmosphere between Paris and Washington has calmed down," Agence France-Presse quoted Behring, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, as saying that Macron's visit was seen as the United States' greatest effort to appease France. Interest remains close to the ally, which advocates Europe's "strategic autonomy".

  (Source: Global Times Author: Yu Chaofan and Li Xiaoxiao)