Saturday, January 28, 2023

Macron visits New Orleans, a former French city, and meets Elon Musk

President Emmanuel Macron arrived this Friday in New Orleans, a city that was French before Napoleon Bonaparte sold it to the Americans in 1803, to celebrate Francophonie and where he also met Elon Musk, thus in the United States His three-day state visit came to an end.

The day after a grand reception at the White House that sealed the French president’s “friendship” with his American counterpart, Joe Biden, Macron landed in Louisiana in the country’s southeast, where he spent less than 24 hours planned to stay

After a rousing reception on the airport tarmac, the French President and his wife Brigitte enjoyed a stroll through the narrow streets of New Orleans’ historic and vibrant downtown area.

Macron, in shirt sleeves, was greeted with “bienvenue monsieur” (welcome, sir). He and the first lady posed with young children in their arms.

In an impromptu press conference, he welcomed the “Land of Creolization”, where he announced a “French for All” plan to promote the teaching of French in the United States from the New Orleans Museum of Art.


The program aims to “broaden and develop” the teaching of Moliere’s language “from kindergarten to higher education”, in order to make French a “language of cultural and economic opportunity” and to “elite” its use. said the French President.

Before flying out of Washington on Friday morning, Macron attended a breakfast with representatives of digital companies, during which, according to Elysee, he highlighted the “steps taken to make France a leading European country” since his first five years in office. All efforts”. Country in Technology”.

Then, following in General Charles de Gaulle’s footsteps in 1960, he headed to New Orleans, hit by Hurricane Katrina, which in 2005 caused more than 1,800 deaths and billions of dollars in damage.


Secretary of State Catherine Colonna and Louisiana Governor John Edwards will also sign an agreement on the energy transition in the oil and gas-rich state.

– surprise meeting –

In a meeting not previously announced by the Elysee, Macron met for an hour with Elon Musk, the world’s richest man and owner of Tesla, SpaceX and now Twitter, where he limited moderation and cut thousands of posts.

“We had a frank and frank discussion,” the French president tweeted.

“Transparent user policies, significant reinforcement of content moderation and protection of freedom of expression: Twitter must strive to comply with European regulations,” he added on the same forum.

In a series of tweets, Macron also said he discussed with the Tesla founder “future green industrial projects, such as the production of electric vehicles and batteries”, without giving further details.

Meanwhile, Musk declared himself impatient about the prospect of “exciting projects in France”.

– Cradle of Jazz –

Accompanied by film director Claude Lelouch and dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, Macron was also visiting actors from the cultural life of the city, birthplace of jazz, after a gala dinner at the White House entertained by pianist Jon Batiste, New From a family of musicians from Orleans.


On Thursday, Macron and Biden demonstrated their good faith and closed ranks to find a way out of the war in Ukraine, while also pledging to narrow their differences around a US industrial development plan that Paris has agreed to with its companies. It is considered harmful because it subsidizes on a large scale. Products made in the USA.

On the “exemptions” that the United States demands for European industries, Macron declared: “by the beginning of next year”, in the first quarter of 2023, “we will have to resolve this issue”.


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