Macron takes advantage of toasts at the White House to warn that democratic elections “are at risk”

President Biden and Macron during a dinner.

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The state dinner hosted by Joe Biden at the White House in honor of his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron Not only did he make clear the excellent relationship between the two countries, but a concern that concerns both presidents came to light.

It was during the toast that Macron warned that democratic elections and other values, as well as principles shared by both the United States and France “are at risk”. The French president’s message came as he stood next to Biden on the South Lawn of the White House inside a temporary glass pavilion set up for the lavish dinner.

According to a report by the White House group, Macron said: “These principles are at riskthey are challenged even in our societies, in our democracies, many people just want to jeopardize or reverse these principles, challenging elections.

The president’s toast ended with a loud cheer that aroused the enthusiasm of those attending the celebration “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 concluded his toast.

Joe Biden also made a gesture for his guests of honor and raised his glass “for France” and “for the history that unites us and for the values ​​that still unite us.” “Long live France and God Bless America.”

Executive chef Cris Comerford, who worked for six months on the menu that the presidents tasted, included American specialties such as Maine butter poached lobster, American Osetra caviar, beef and potatoes. Guests also sampled a cheese platter highlighted by Oregon’s Rogue River Blue as the first American cheese to win the World Cheese Awards.