2021 January 16 at 12:00
The conversation lasted only ten minutes, but it was enough to go beyond the formal formulas. This is November 10, whenEmmanuel Macron Call Joe Biden In Wilmington, this is the first time the two have spoken to each other. They haven’t seen each other, but know they have some things in common. According to Joe Biden, one of the exchange’s witnesses, he allowed himself to be called back.
The elected president expresses his French origins. Although genealogists are confused about this fact, Joe Robinet Biden prefers to believe that his grandmother’s first name was Protestant Huganotes who came to participate in the American War of Independence. Joe Biden also reminds the French president that his wives, Jill and Bridget, are two teachers who are passionate about their profession.
Although the two couples want to get to know each other better, in the meantime, the phone call helps the French to lay the groundwork. France and the United States must work together on “contemporary issues: climate, health, the fight against terrorism, and the protection of fundamental rights.” The president-elect of the United States highlights “his desire to revive bilateral and Atlantic maritime relations, especially through NATO and the European Union.” Do we speak the same language?
Le Drian knows his future American rival well
Fortunately, the Macron team’s prime ministers and advisers are well aware of the new pillars set by Joe Biden to deal with major national and international security issues. Since Jean-Yves Le Drian met his future rival Anthony Blink almost ten years ago. At the time, the Bratton Socialist, well versed in defense issues, advised Franയിois Hollande on these issues with the aim of subduing Elysee. Since he knew that one of the campaign promises was to withdraw our troops from Afghanistan, Jean-Yves Le Drian wanted to explain the reasons for Barack Obama’s team. The NATO summit will be held in Chicago shortly after the French presidential election.
We will move from exoticism to modernity
So at the White House, Le Drian met with Vice President Biden’s National Security Adviser Tony Blinken. Blinken, a French-speaking and pro-European, has returned to Paris in the wake of trends that give the Netherlands a chance to win the Elysee. Le Drian was received by Maison de la Bretagen, who later became Minister of Defense and later Minister of Foreign Affairs and hosted the future Secretary of State. The two have since seen each other several times. Mike Pompeo, the head of American diplomacy, dares to compare himself to a diplomat: “We are moving from foreigners to sophisticated.”
Proximity to the head of services
Similar proximity to the head of services. New CIA boss William Burns is a diplomat. This is new. But it turns out that the current director of the DGSE in France is also a diplomat. Twenty years ago, at the same time as Burns during the 9/11 attacks, Bernard Emmy was stationed in Jordan, and his colleague was director of the North Africa-Middle East in the early 2000s. Same records as the State Department. From November 10, the French ambassador to Washington will have time to create “indirect means of communication” with Philippe Etienne White, former diplomatic adviser to Emmanuel Macron.
We still do not know how the Americans plan to know about this in the run – up to the Iranian presidential election in June.
According to the first meetings that followed each other after January 20, the French sent notes, reports, and lists of their future rivals. Jake Sullivan, the new head of the National Security Council at the White House, through third parties familiar with recipients, chancellors and think tanks; Victoria Nuland, director of future political affairs, is well known to the French when she was in charge of the European, Russian and Ukrainian files under Obama. Or Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the new US ambassador to the United Nations and former director of Africa at the State Department. In New York, we rely on her to support France on the most troubling African issues.
Too many doubts to remove
But beware, closeness and friendly memories do not mean everything will be the same once Trump leaves. In Iran, one of the most pressing issues, as the French assessed the possibility of switching to nuclear weapons in a matter of months to years, is that “we still do not know how the Americans will get out of here to get to the Iranian presidential election in June,” notes a French official familiar with the matter. And I am more optimistic, but we know that Biden has been chosen as a complete epidemic and will split when faced with the financial crisis. In its first 100 days, “Franco-American informs someone else at the heart of the relationship, so I’m not sure if Europe is his priority and he’s going to Brussels or us after January 20th.
This does not stop us from rejoicing in Paris to see Biden arrive internationally. “Here is one of the most experienced foreign policymakers since the last Dwight Eisenhower, who deals with ideas inherited from the twentieth century and the Cold War,” said Walter Russell Mead, an American expert. An opportunity for Europe? At this point, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Mass will soon be moving to Washington in the Franco-German partnership, starting working with Joe Biden’s new team. High-level envoys from Paris and Berlin will move forward jointly. New America and New Europe in a way
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