According to Deutsche Welle on January 25, Biden and French President Macron had a phone call on the 24th, promising to jointly fight the new crown epidemic and help promote the recovery of the world economy. The White House stated that Biden also emphasized in the conversation that he would be committed to strengthening the transatlantic partnership, including NATO or the partnership between the United States and the European Union.
After taking office as President, Biden has successively talked with leaders of Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico and other countries on the phone.
Before Biden took office, Macron’s plan to impose a “digital tax” on US technology companies caused dissatisfaction with former US President Trump, which caused tensions between the US and France.
According to the Associated Press in Paris on January 24, the call with Macron was the first dialogue between the two since Biden took office, aiming to repair the damaged relationship between the two countries. Biden emphasized that he was committed to supporting the transatlantic partnership through NATO and the European Union. Macron promised to work with the United States.
According to the report, four years after Trump implemented the “America First” proposition, the new President Biden and the French leaders have reached consensus on the importance of international cooperation to address climate change, the new crown epidemic and negotiations with Iran. But Macron’s office also said that the two would not avoid difficult issues.
It is worth noting that France was pushing for taxes on American technology giants such as Google or Amazon. This has led to a trade dispute between the US and France that continues to today since Trump’s administration.
The issue of subsidies to aircraft manufacturer Boeing and Airbus, which is headquartered in France, has also triggered tit-for-tat tariff increases by the US and the EU.
Macron emphasized the importance of cooperation within the framework of the World Health Organization to help ensure the distribution of vaccines to poor countries.
A statement issued by the White House stated that Biden agreed to cooperate with France on issues such as China, the Middle East and Russia.