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Biden receives Macron – news.ORF.at

US President Joe Biden receives French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House today. After an official welcoming ceremony and bilateral talks, a joint press conference is scheduled between the two presidents.

Macron took up one of the issues at lunch with US lawmakers yesterday, harshly criticizing support for US products in the fight against climate change. The French president said the subsidies were “very aggressive” towards French companies. Perhaps the United States can solve their problems with it, “but you will increase my problem.”

“Just ask to be respected as a good friend.”

Without coordination between the United States and the European Union, Macron said, “many jobs are at risk of being destroyed.” “I only ask to be respected as a good friend.” The dispute revolves around climate protection and US President Joe Biden’s multi-billion dollar social package passed in August. The package provides $370 billion (about 357 billion euros) for climate protection and energy security – the largest investment in fighting global warming in US history.

Among other things, support for “Made in the USA” electric vehicles, batteries, and renewable energy projects is planned. The support was met with much criticism in the European Union. It is feared that European companies may be at a disadvantage. The feud is likely to become a major topic of conversation between Macron and Biden.

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