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News The French President arrived in the US on Tuesday for a state visit hosted by President Joe Biden during which disagreements about US-EU trade did not entirely overshadow the pomp and ceremony at the White House.

French President Emmanuel Macron headed for the States on November 30, marking his second official visit to the US which was sure to be full of pomp and circumstance.

The Elysée Palace emphasized the "rare privilege" that the invitation represents for France, with the French state no doubt wanting to strengthen ties with their American allies in the face of multiple economic and global crises, including the war in Ukraine, the eneAFPrgy crisis, and rising costs of living.

Here's Mr. Macron's trip in pictures.

November 29: Touch down

French flags fly next to American ones all over Washington, DC before President Emmanuel Macron's arrival.

French, US and District of Columbia flags are set out for the state visit of French President Emmanuel Macron in Washington, DC, on November 29, 2022.

Mr. Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, disembark from their plane at the Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron disembark from their plane upon arrival at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

November 30: From space to 'Artisanal American Cheeses'

No time for jet lag, the French president met with US Vice President Kamala Harris to discuss France-American cooperation in space at NASA's headquarters in Washington.

US Vice President Kamala Harris and French President Emmanuel Macron attend a meeting on French-US cooperation in Space, at NASA headquarters in Washington.

French astronauts for the ESA Thomas Pesquet and newly-recruited Sophie Adenot also made an appearance...

French aerospace engineer pilot, Sophie Adenot, and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet.

...as did French Economic Minister Bruno Le Maire.

Minister of the Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire and French President Emmanuel Macron attend a meeting with US Vice President Kamala Harris, not pictured, on French-US cooperation in Space, at NASA headquarters

Ms. Macron, meanwhile, visited the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, which aims to provide world-class, free education to children in the nation's capital.

Brigitte Macron, a former teacher and wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, watches a student performance during a visit to Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington.

With no time for a French-style sit-down two-hour lunch, Mr. Macron then had a working lunch on climate and biodiversity issues with US Climate Envoy John Kerry, members of the US Congress, and key US stakeholders on climate.

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a working lunch on climate and biodiversity issues with US Climate Envoy John Kerry, members of the United States Congress, and key US stakeholders on climate, at the US Capitol in Washington.

He then headed to Virginia to visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier while visiting in Arlington National Cemetery.

French President Emmanuel Macron (L) tours the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier while visiting Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington.

Away from Mr. Macron, White House officials set tables for a media preview of the State Dinner the next day. The menu featured lobster, Napa Valley wine, and "American Artisanal Cheeses."

A table is set during a media preview for the State Dinner with President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington.

After which the French president spoke of the US' role in World War II, before awarding  Legion d'Honneur to veterans at the French Embassy.

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks about the US's role in WWII while awarding the Legion d'Honneur to veterans at the French Embassy  November 30, 2022, in Washington, DC.

And talked about baguettes . Of course .

French President Emmanuel Macron holds a baguette while speaking during a reception honoring the French community in the US, at the French Embassy in Washington, DC, on November 30.

He ended the busy day with a private dinner with his US counterpart at the "sophisticated" Fiola Mare seafood restaurant.

US First Lady Jill Biden and French First Lady Brigitte Macron followed by French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Joe Biden leave Fiola Mare restaurant.

December 1: 'Vive la France, God bless America'

Mr. Macron was officially welcomed by Mr. Biden on December 1, in a State Arrival ceremony that saw visitors await the arrival of the French president and his wife Ms. Macron with French flags waving in their hands.

US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron take part in a welcoming ceremony for Macron to the White House.

The two presidents had plenty of time to bond...

President Joe Biden meets with French President Emmanuel Macron in the Oval Office.

...as did the US First Lady, Jill Biden, and Brigitte Macron.

US First Lady Jill Biden and Brigitte Macron, wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, visit the Planet Word Museum in Washington.

After discussing various policies and topics, including the war in Ukraine, the energy crisis, and more, Mr. Macron and Mr. Biden held a news conference in the East Room of the White House.

President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in the East Room of the White House on Décember 1.

After which, Mr. Macron, Ms. Harris, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken made a toast during the start of a luncheon at the US State Department, which also saw appearances from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and American filmmaker Spike Lee. Mr. Macron then visited the Capitol with Ms. Pelosi.

French President Emmanuel Macro, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Vice President Kamala Harris.

Dinner time. Plenty of famous faces arrive for Mr. Biden's first official state dinner, with the US president, the First lady, and Mr. and Ms. Macron arriving together.

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden greet French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron as they arrive for a State Dinner on the North Portico of the White House.

Another toast, to what both presidents hope is the end of a feud over submarines. "Vive la France and God bless America," said Mr. Biden in his toast.

President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron toast during a State Dinner on the South Lawn of the White House on Thursday.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron will travel to Washington in early December for the first state visit of President Joe Biden’s tenure, an occasion marked by pomp and pageantry that is designed to celebrate relations between the United States and its closest allies.

The Dec. 1 visit, following the U.S. midterm elections and the Thanksgiving holiday, will be the second state visit for Macron, who was first elected to lead his country in May 2017 and  won a second term earlier this year . Macron also had a state visit during the Trump years.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre announced the visit Monday, saying it will “underscore the deep and enduring relationship with France, our oldest ally.” It will be the first time the White House has hosted a world leader for a state visit since the coronavirus outbreak.

The invitation comes as a sign that relations between Biden and Macron have come full circle. The relationship tanked last year after the United States announced a deal to sell nuclear submarines to Australia. The decision by the U.S. undermined a deal that had been in place for France to sell diesel-powered submarines to Australia.

After the announcement of the deal, which was born out of a new security agreement between the U.S., Australia and Britain, France briefly recalled its ambassador to Washington, Philippe Etienne, to Paris. Biden also sought to patch thing up with France by eventually acknowledging to Macron that his administration had been “clumsy” in how it handled the issue.

READ MORE: French lawmakers approve $20.3 billion package to help with rising prices

The Biden administration since has heaped praise on Macron for being among the most vociferous Western allies in condemning Russia’s 7-month-old war in Ukraine and pressing broad sanctions on the Russian economy and officials close to President Vladimir Putin.

Central to Biden’s pitch for the presidency was a vow to restore America’s global leadership after four years of Donald Trump’s “America First” worldview . But Biden has acknowledged that Macron and other allies remain skeptical about whether he can make good on robust U.S. leadership worldwide.

Biden is fond of telling the story of how, at a world leader meeting he attended soon after taking office, he declared that “America is back.” He says his counterparts, starting with Macron, countered by asking, “For how long?”

Macron also was the first world leader to earn a state visit under Trump, though their relationship later became fractious.

The French leader had sought to cultivate a close partnership with Trump and hosted the Republican in 2017 for Bastille Day celebrations in Paris. Trump reciprocated with Macron’s state visit.

But the relationship soured after Trump pulled U.S. troops from Syria without coordinating with France and other NATO allies. Trump disparaged NATO.

In one of their last face-to-face encounters, at a gathering of NATO leaders in London in 2019, Trump and Macron hardly hid their frustration with each other.

Not long before that meeting, Macron had complained that the alliance was suffering “brain death” caused by diminished U.S. leadership under Trump. Trump snapped back after a meeting with Macron that the French leader had made “very, very nasty” and “disrespectful” comments.

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When Macron visited in April 2018, Trump and his wife, Melania, planned a double date with Macron and his wife, Brigitte, at Mount Vernon, the Virginia estate of George Washington, America’s founding president.

The couples helped plant a tree on the White House lawn before they departed on a helicopter tour of monuments built in a capital city designed by French-born Pierre L’Enfant as they flew south to Mount Vernon, situated along the Potomac River. Macron was welcomed at the White House the next day with a booming 21-gun salute, his first Oval Office meeting with Trump, a joint news conference with the president and a state dinner for 150 guests in the White House State Dining Room.

Scott Morrison, then the prime minister of Australia, also came on a state visit at Trump’s invitation in September 2019. Trump had announced a third state visit, by Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, but it was postponed due to the pandemic and could not be held before Trump lost reelection in 2020.

President Barack Obama also afforded France the honor of a state visit, in 2014.

Obama and French President Francois Hollande celebrated ties between their nations by touring Monticello, the sprawling Charlottesville, Virginia, estate owned by Thomas Jefferson, the former U.S. president and famed Francophile. Jefferson was an early U.S. envoy to France.

Hollande’s visit was the first such recognition for France in two decades. But it proved a bit of a diplomatic challenge as he traveled without a female companion following a very public breakup with longtime partner Valerie Trierweiler. Holland and Trierweiler were a couple when the White House extended the invitation, but the relationship ended after a gossip magazine revealed a secret tryst between Hollande and a French actress.

The last-minute change of plans – Hollande coming solo — caused heartburn for U.S. officials planning the diplomatic event. The Obamas tried to put the issue to rest by seating Hollande between them at a state dinner for 350 invited guests in a heated pavilion on the White House South Lawn on a frigid February night.

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From 29 November to 2 December 2022, the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, was in the United States for the Biden Administration’s first state visit, sending a signal of the strong relationship between the two countries. He was accompanied by the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Catherine Colonna.

Summary of the state visit

❝Three days in the United States of America.❞ https://t.co/82vqkJXyDL — France Diplomacy🇫🇷🇪🇺 (@francediplo_EN) December 6, 2022

What issues did the state visit focus on?

President @EmmanuelMacron is in the US, marking the first state visit by a foreign Head of State under President Joe Biden's administration. @AClaireLegendre decodes this symbol of French-American friendship 🇫🇷 🇺🇸 #DiploMatters #oldestallies @FranceintheUS pic.twitter.com/5SfoFbw2Y8 — France Diplomacy🇫🇷🇪🇺 (@francediplo_EN) November 30, 2022

Relive the state visit, day by day

3 december 2022.

The President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, and the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Catherine Colonna, went to New Orleans in Louisiana, a breeding ground of the French culture and language in the country and hard hit by the consequences of climate change.

Welcome to Louisiana, Mr. President @EmmanuelMacron and to you Mrs. Brigitte Macron. Your arrival marks the beginning of a fascinating visit. 🙏 Governor John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards for your warm welcome! #PRMacroninNOLA ⚜ pic.twitter.com/NpykSnde7c — Consulate General of France in Louisiana 🇫🇷🇪🇺 (@FranceLouisiana) December 2, 2022

President Macron met with local people working in these various domains and gave a speech at the end of his visit on France and Louisiana’s relationship and on Francophonie.

Read the statement on the Élysée website

❝Back in Paris after the State visit of the President of the Republic to the United States. It was a great honour for our country and also the opportunity to ensure good coordination of our strategies in response to shared challenges. #Ukraine #China #Climate #Economy ❞ https://t.co/zSGnI1ZAoU — France Diplomacy🇫🇷🇪🇺 (@francediplo_EN) December 5, 2022

2 December 2022

1er décembre, Maison Blanche, Washington. Bientôt le diner d'État offert en l'honneur du Président @EmmanuelMacron et de Mme Macron par le Président Biden et Mme le Dr. Biden. Allies, partners, and friends 🇫🇷🇺🇲 pic.twitter.com/2TOJIR0NtT — Catherine Colonna (@MinColonna) December 1, 2022

1 December 2022

On the second day of his visit to the United States, President Emmanuel Macron met with President Joe Biden at the White House.

Joint Statement by President Biden and President Macron

🔴 LIVE FROM WASHINGTON|Joint press conference by Presidents @EmmanuelMacron 🇫🇷 and @JoeBiden 🇺🇸 on the occasion of President Macron's state visit to the United States. https://t.co/EeBDd3O8Sh — France Diplomacy🇫🇷🇪🇺 (@francediplo_EN) December 1, 2022

During this state visit, the French Embassy in the United States sent to Paris its first encrypted diplomatic message thanks to a new generation of so-called post-quantum cryptography, with the aim of withstanding the decryption capabilities of quantum computers

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Got it, @franceintheus ! The French Embassy in Washington has sent the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs its first post-quantum cryptographic diplomatic message. @MinColonna Statement: https://t.co/KGDnW5cCx2 https://t.co/5gU7PRwxOw — France Diplomacy🇫🇷🇪🇺 (@francediplo_EN) December 1, 2022

30 November 2022

LIVE | Connection with @NASA Headquarters. First stop of President @EmmanuelMacron 's State visit to the United States of America, with Vice President @KamalaHarris and space stakeholders. https://t.co/qZzbmHQ67g — France Diplomacy🇫🇷🇪🇺 (@francediplo_EN) November 30, 2022
LIVE | On Capitol Hill in Washington, President @EmmanuelMacron meets with stakeholders in biodiversity conservation, energy and climate change, and new innovative financing. Listen to his opening remarks: https://t.co/legaWANdJ8 — France Diplomacy🇫🇷🇪🇺 (@francediplo_EN) November 30, 2022
Émouvante cérémonie au Cimetière national d'Arlington, dans le cadre de la visite d'État du Président @EmmanuelMacron 🇫🇷🇺🇲 France and the United States are the oldest allies, they're also friends and partners eager to make this world a better place for all. pic.twitter.com/1GquClMXRL — Catherine Colonna (@MinColonna) November 30, 2022

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President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden host President Emmanuel Macron and Mrs. Brigitte Macron of France for a State Visit to the United States, including a state dinner, on December 1, 2022.

This is the first State Visit of the Biden-Harris Administration. It underscores the deep and enduring relationship between the United States and France–the oldest allies–that is founded on our shared democratic values, economic ties, and defense and security cooperation. The leaders discuss together our continued close partnership on shared global challenges and areas of bilateral interest.

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President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will host President Emmanuel Macron and Mrs. Brigitte Macron of France for a State Visit to the United States, which will include a state dinner, on December 1, 2022. This will be the first State Visit of the Biden-Harris Administration. It will underscore the deep and enduring relationship between the United States and France, our oldest ally, that is founded on our shared democratic values, economic ties, and defense and security cooperation. The leaders will discuss our continued close partnership on shared global challenges and areas of bilateral interest.

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French President Emmanuel Macron is in Washington this week for a high-profile diplomatic trip—and the first state visit of the Biden administration—as the two leaders seek to reinforce ties amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.

It’s a far cry from where their relationship stood around this time last year, when the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia’s secretive AUKUS partnership  tanked U.S.-French relations. With AUKUS, Australia abandoned a $66 billion French submarine contract, infuriating France and prompting it to recall its ambassadors to Washington and Canberra in September 2021. 

Since then, shared interests and joint efforts sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have helped the two leaders find more common ground. In a press briefing on Monday, U.S. National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby stressed the importance of the two countries’ “long, shared history as allies.”

“If you look at what’s going on in Ukraine, look at what’s going on in the Indo-Pacific and the tensions with China, France is really at the center of all those things,” Kirby said . “President Macron has been a dynamic leader inside the G-7, particularly there in Europe.”

U.S. President Joe Biden “felt that this was exactly the right and the most appropriate country to start with for state visits,” he added. 

Their meeting agenda is set to be dominated by the war in Ukraine as well as Beijing’s growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region and other defensive issues. Macron is also expected to steer the conversation toward how the European economy has been upended by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, particularly over energy, the Financial Times reported . 

Macron’s visit is set to kick off today with a trip to NASA headquarters with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris. Events will continue into Thursday, when the White House will hold an arrival ceremony to mark Macron’s visit. Later in the day, Macron and Biden will meet for bilateral talks and ultimately attend a state dinner. 

On Friday, Macron will conclude his trip by visiting New Orleans, where he is expected to unveil a new French language educational fund and meet with Gov. John Bel Edwards.

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Jiang became general-secretary of the Chinese Communist Party in the wake of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and was named president in 1993—a role he held until 2003.

Many foreign leaders viewed Jiang as “ the garrulous, disarming exception to the mold of stiff, unsmiling Chinese leaders, ” the New York Times writes. “ He was the Communist who quoted [former U.S. President Abraham] Lincoln, proclaimed his love for Hollywood films and burst into songs like ‘ Love Me Tender. ’”  He is also remembered for continuing the market reforms initiated under former leader Deng Xiaoping and shepherding China through a decade of rapid economic growth.

Repairing Ukraine’s energy grid. As Ukraine faces sweeping power blackouts, the United States has vowed to send Kyiv $53 million to restore critical energy infrastructure that has been knocked out by Russian missile strikes. On Tuesday, NATO also emphasized its commitment to admitting Ukraine as a member. 

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German Economy Minister Robert Habeck hailed the duration of the deal on Tuesday, saying, “15 years is great. … I wouldn’t have had anything against 20 [years] or longer contracts.”

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Belarus’s suspicious death. Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei “ died suddenly ” on Saturday , according to the country’s foreign ministry. He was 64. Officials and state media did not offer more details, fueling rumors of more sinister causes of death. During his decade as foreign minister, Makei sought to strengthen relations between Belarus and the West.

China’s expanding nuclear arsenal. China is currently on track to increase its nuclear warhead stockpile from 400 weapons to 1,500 weapons by 2035, a new U.S. Defense Department report  said. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the United States has deployed around 1,740 nuclear warheads, with a total arsenal of 3,700, Reuters reported . 

“The People’s Liberation Army plans to basically complete modernisation of its national defence and armed forces by 2035,” the report said . “If China continues the pace of its nuclear expansion, it will probably field a stockpile of about 1,500 warheads by its 2035 timeline.”

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• Will China’s Protests Survive? by James Palmer

• Xi’s Obsession With Control Produced China’s Protests by Howard W. French

• Russian Exiles Struggle to Form a United Opposition to Putin by Lucian Kim 

Odds and Ends 

Four Buddhist monks in Thailand tested positive for methamphetamine and have entered rehabilitation at a health facility, Thai officials said, leaving their temple temporarily monk-less . Boonlert Thintapthai, a local official, told AFP that other monks will stand in for them so worshippers can continue to practice.

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French President Emmanuel Macron smiles as he listens to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during a joint statement prior to their working diner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday Sept. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron will travel to Washington in early December for the first state visit of President Joe Biden’s tenure, an occasion marked by pomp and pageantry that is designed to celebrate relations between the United States and its closest allies.

The Dec. 1 visit, following the U.S. midterm elections and the Thanksgiving holiday, will be the second state visit for Macron , who was first elected to lead his country in May 2017 and won a second term earlier this year . Macron also had a state visit during the Trump years.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre announced the visit Monday, saying it will “underscore the deep and enduring relationship with France, our oldest ally.” It will be the first time the White House has hosted a world leader for a state visit since the coronavirus outbreak.

The invitation comes as a sign that relations between Biden and Macron have come full circle. The relationship tanked last year after the United States announced a deal to sell nuclear submarines to Australia . The decision by the U.S. undermined a deal that had been in place for France to sell diesel-powered submarines to Australia.

After the announcement of the deal, which was born out of a new security agreement between the U.S., Australia and Britain, France briefly recalled its ambassador to Washington, Philippe Etienne, to Paris. Biden also sought to patch thing up with France by eventually acknowledging to Macron that his administration had been “clumsy” in how it handled the issue.

The Biden administration since has heaped praise on Macron for being among the most vociferous Western allies in condemning Russia’s 7-month-old war in Ukraine and pressing broad sanctions on the Russian economy and officials close to President Vladimir Putin.

Central to Biden’s pitch for the presidency was a vow to restore America’s global leadership after four years of Donald Trump’s “America First” worldview. But Biden has acknowledged that Macron and other allies remain skeptical about whether he can make good on robust U.S. leadership worldwide.

Biden is fond of telling the story of how, at a world leader meeting he attended soon after taking office, he declared that “America is back.” He says his counterparts, starting with Macron, countered by asking, “For how long?”

Macron also was the first world leader to earn a state visit under Trump , though their relationship later became fractious.

The French leader had sought to cultivate a close partnership with Trump and hosted the Republican in 2017 for Bastille Day celebrations in Paris. Trump reciprocated with Macron’s state visit.

But the relationship soured after Trump pulled U.S. troops from Syria without coordinating with France and other NATO allies. Trump disparaged NATO.

In one of their last face-to-face encounters, at a gathering of NATO leaders in London in 2019, Trump and Macron hardly hid their frustration with each other.

Not long before that meeting, Macron had complained that the alliance was suffering “brain death” caused by diminished U.S. leadership under Trump. Trump snapped back after a meeting with Macron that the French leader had made “very, very nasty” and “disrespectful” comments.

When Macron visited in April 2018, Trump and his wife, Melania, planned a double date with Macron and his wife, Brigitte, at Mount Vernon, the Virginia estate of George Washington, America’s founding president.

The couples helped plant a tree on the White House lawn before they departed on a helicopter tour of monuments built in a capital city designed by French-born Pierre L’Enfant as they flew south to Mount Vernon, situated along the Potomac River. Macron was welcomed at the White House the next day with a booming 21-gun salute, his first Oval Office meeting with Trump, a joint news conference with the president and a state dinner for 150 guests in the White House State Dining Room.

Scott Morrison , then the prime minister of Australia, also came on a state visit at Trump’s invitation in September 2019. Trump had announced a third state visit, by Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, but it was postponed due to the pandemic and could not be held before Trump lost reelection in 2020.

President Barack Obama also afforded France the honor of a state visit, in 2014.

Obama and French President Francois Hollande celebrated ties between their nations by touring Monticello , the sprawling Charlottesville, Virginia, estate owned by Thomas Jefferson, the former U.S. president and famed Francophile. Jefferson was an early U.S. envoy to France.

Hollande’s visit was the first such recognition for France in two decades. But it proved a bit of a diplomatic challenge as he traveled without a female companion following a very public breakup with longtime partner Valerie Trierweiler. Holland and Trierweiler were a couple when the White House extended the invitation, but the relationship ended after a gossip magazine revealed a secret tryst between Hollande and a French actress.

The last-minute change of plans – Hollande coming solo — caused heartburn for U.S. officials planning the diplomatic event. The Obamas tried to put the issue to rest by seating Hollande between them at a state dinner for 350 invited guests in a heated pavilion on the White House South Lawn on a frigid February night.

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President Biden will host a state dinner for France's President Emmanuel Macron. NPR's A Martinez talks to Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer of the German Marshall Fund, about the countries' relations.

A MARTÍNEZ, HOST:

President Biden is hosting his first state visit this week for his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron. Relations between the U.S. and France are strong, but there are points of tension. France vocally challenges some U.S. policies where other European partners can be a little more subtle. But France's outspokenness also helps to explain why Paris is such a strong, old ally of Washington. For insight on what's at stake during Macron's first state visit, we turn to Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer, director of the German Marshall Fund's Paris office. Alexandra, first off, what do you think will be the No. 1 point of discussion between Biden and Macron?

ALEXANDRA DE HOOP SCHEFFER: Well, I think the energy and the trade agenda is going to be the No. 1. And President Macron will really serve as, if I can call him that way, the European special envoy to prepare the ground for the following Trade and Tech Council, which will actually take place, as well, in Washington on December 5. So there's a sort of diplomatic sequence where Macron will try to play a role trying to negotiate - but there are very little chances that he will get some - some limited exemptions for certain European industries, to the same way that Canadian and Mexican industries have been exempted from certain measures in the Inflation and Reduction Act. So that, I would say, is the top, I would say, difficult agenda. And then the second piece is Ukraine. And there, what I see happening is a (speaking French), a kind of a growing convergence between the U.S. and French perspectives when it comes to pushing Kyiv for negotiations, especially as we are entering the winter period.

MARTÍNEZ: That unofficial title you gave him - European special envoy - it seems like Macron, over the last few years, has really taken that and run with it. He seems to like to be in the center of the action. I remember his meetings with Vladimir Putin.

DE HOOP SCHEFFER: That's also because, I would say, the European political landscape has truly changed after Brexit. You also have a Germany which is much more hesitant in the midst of what I would call a sort of identity crisis on many issues - its relation with Russia, its relation with China, its industrial policy, its energy dependencies. And so France, I would say by default, stands out as a key player in the European landscape and therefore as a key interlocutor for Washington. And that's why Macron finds himself, again, going as, you know, the first leader in the state visit to Washington.

MARTÍNEZ: Where do you see the biggest area of disagreement between Biden and Macron on how to deal with Russia and the invasion in Ukraine?

DE HOOP SCHEFFER: Well, I think this is where I see, really, a growing convergence. You know, if you listened to what John Kirby said yesterday, it was very revealing, you know, saying that he valued and applauded, to a certain extent, Macron's willingness to continue to speak and dialogue with Vladimir Putin. And so this is where I think France, on the Ukraine-Russia dossier, has an added value to say, you know, it might be useful for you, Washington, that I play that sort of diplomatic in-between role, such as in the Indo-Pacific. You know, France has this idea of portraying itself as a balancing power or third way in the U.S.-China competition. And this is also a way for Macron to say, you know, we're not taking a different position from the American position vis-a-vis China, but we are offering you a parallel track, a complementary tract, that Americans might indeed find very helpful in the competition with China.

MARTÍNEZ: You know, state dinners tend to include a lot of pomp and circumstance. There's that elaborate dinner at the White House. I mean, what talk actually gets done during these state visits? Why do they matter, Alexandra?

DE HOOP SCHEFFER: Well, they do matter because, I mean, in France's case, I would qualify France as a rigorous ally of the United States. And you said it in your introduction rightly. France is a challenging partner for the United States and therefore, I would say, an even more important, crucial partner for Washington. It says out loud what other European partners think and is also very vocal about U.S.-European disagreements. So what I expect in the Biden-Macron conversation is, in fact, a very direct and frank conversation.

MARTÍNEZ: That's Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer - directs the German Marshall Fund's Paris office. Thank you.

DE HOOP SCHEFFER: Thank you.

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As the world's best place to visit , it's no surprise that the electrifying City of Light tops this list. France's capital city is a year-round tourist destination with iconic attractions like the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower and incredible architecture (think: the dazzling Basilique du Sacré-Coeur). Not to mention, Paris offers unparalleled dining and shopping scenes and more museums than you could hope to visit in one trip. Keep in mind, Paris is often flooded with tourists and room rates can be pricey. If you're looking for a deal, travel in winter or early spring.

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The capital of the Alsace region offers the perfect mix of French and German culture thanks to its location on the France-Germany border. While here, travelers should see Strasbourg's Gothic-style cathedral and stroll through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Petite France quarter with its half-timbered houses and postcard-worthy waterways. Plus, those with an interest in politics can tour several important European institutions during their visit, including the European Parliament and the Council of Europe. For an extra dose of charm, arrive in December to see one of Europe's oldest Christmas markets.

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Rising above the sea like a castle in a fairy tale, Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy is one of France's most-visited sights. Legend says the archangel Michael, the island's namesake, repeatedly appeared to Bishop Aubert of Avranches in dreams, telling him to build a church on top of the island in A.D. 708. Since its completion, it has become an important pilgrimage site for Christians and European intellectuals. Visitors can tour the picturesque abbey and admire its incredible medieval architecture or wander its surrounding streets, which are lined with tiny shops and quaint cafes.

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Dubbed La Ville Rose due to the prominence of distinctive clay bricks in its architecture, Toulouse is a feast for the eyes. Throughout this city, which is located in the South of France, you'll find marvels like the neoclassical Le Capitole on the main square, the stately Basilica of Saint-Sernin (an 11th-century UNESCO site) and the Hôtel d’Assézat, which houses a noteworthy art gallery. What's more, several canals with shady footpaths pass through the city, including the idyllic Canal du Midi. For some of the best views of Toulouse, take a cruise on the River Garonne, or just sunbathe on its banks.

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Sunny Montpellier glows with a combination of old world charm and a trendy university lifestyle. This city in the south of France evokes Parisian appeal with Haussmann architecture and stylish promenades. And like Paris, adornment is everywhere in Montpellier, from fashionable boutiques to street art to France's oldest botanical garden. Plus, since Montpellier is located 7 miles from the coast of the Mediterranean, a beach break is close at hand. Once the sun sets, take part in the city's youthful nightlife scene, which includes everything from music halls to dance clubs.

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It's easy to see why Colmar, located in the heart of Alsace's wine region, is considered one of France's most beautiful cities. Colorful houses that look as if they belong in a fairy tale line the Little Venice district, where you can take a boat tour through Colmar's canals or reach boutiques and eateries on foot. The setting is picturesque regardless of when you vacation here, but for even more charm, visit Colmar at night when lights illuminate the city during annual events like the Colmar International Festival, Alsace's wine fair and Colmar's Christmas market.

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To see some of France's most spectacular art and architecture, head to Avignon. This city in southeastern France is full of stunning structures, including the 14th-century Palais des Papes, the largest Gothic palace in the world, and the arched bridge, Pont d'Avignon. A number of can't-miss museums are spread throughout Avignon as well, such as the Musée Angladon, which houses works by highly regarded artists like Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh. Visit in July to attend the Festival d'Avignon, one of the world's largest performing arts festivals.

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If your ideal French vacation involves a little more nature and a little less city, head to the French Alps . Here, you'll find some of the best ski slopes in Europe, as well as beautiful scenery that rivals any work of art or architecture. In summer, the typically snow-covered mountains thaw just enough to create perfect conditions for hiking and biking. Enchanting villages sit at the base of the range, offering several places to unwind when you've had enough fun on the slopes or trails.

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Despite its war-filled past, this region in northern France is also a place of great beauty and culture. Étretat's white cliffs are a great place to take in the area's natural scenery. Then, visit the region's capital city, Rouen, to admire works of art at the Musée des Beaux-Arts and stroll past the quaint half-timbered houses. Be sure to sample some of the city's culinary specialties to see why it is now a UNESCO City of Gastronomy. Or, see some of the remnants of Normandy's heavy history at the D-Day Landing Beaches and The Bayeux Tapestry.

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Glamorous Nice occupies a picturesque spot along the French Riviera. Beach bums and culture hounds alike will enjoy the city's pebbly shores, engaging museums, boutique shops and Baroque-style palaces. Be sure to stroll along the coastline's Promenade des Anglais and pick up some fresh flowers and produce at the vibrant Cours Saleya market, located in old town. You'll likely spend a pretty penny on lodging and beach access, but experiencing Nice is worth it. To save some coin, travel between mid-March and April or from September to October, the area's shoulder seasons.

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Often called "France's Isle of Beauty," Corsica features diverse landscapes and a unique culture that make it seem like a miniature continent. The Mediterranean island's clear blue water and white sand beaches are ideal for sunbathing, snorkeling and kayaking, while its mountainous terrain and dense forests provide ample opportunities to hike trails like the highly regarded (albeit challenging) GR20. Those looking to take in some history can visit the Maison Bonaparte museum to see Napoleon's birthplace. What's more, Corsica offers a one-of-a-kind food scene that showcases various local delicacies, such as lonzu (dry-cured ham) and brocciu (cheese).

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While it may not be as well known as big-name cities like Paris, Lyon competes with the best of them. Despite being the third-largest city in France, Lyon is much calmer and less touristy than other similarly sized destinations. The streets are filled with public art, including the city's famous trompe l'oeil murals, and there are museums that focus on everything from movies to history. Plus, it's surrounded by hundreds of wineries and home to 4,000-plus restaurants, several of which boast Michelin stars, making it especially appealing to oenophiles and foodies.

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If you love to ski, chances are you'll enjoy shredding powder at Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe. In the bustling Chamonix (the main place to stay if you want to ski at Mont Blanc), you'll have easy access to the longest off-piste run in the world (Vallée Blanche) and rugged, challenging slopes. But this destination, which hosted the 1924 Winter Olympics, offers more than just top-notch skiing. Chamonix is also a great place to go hiking, mountain biking and whitewater rafting. For some family-friendly fun, visit the town's adventure park to zip down its Alpine coaster and various slides.

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Quaint, charming Aix-en-Provence is a university city known for its tree-lined boulevards, cute cafes and lively markets. Life moves at a more leisurely pace here than in other French cities, meaning it's the perfect place for travelers to get lost in the scenic streets. Make sure to add Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur and Le Grand Marché – two of the city's top attractions – to your itinerary. You can also see where artist Paul Cézanne (an Aix-en-Provence native) painted some of his masterpieces at Atelier de Cezanne, or venture outside of the city to see the Provencal scenes that inspired him.

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Vincent Van Gogh fans may recognize the streetscapes of Arles: This small city in Provence inspired some of the artist's best-known works with its bright colors and rustic feel. Art aficionados can walk in Van Gogh's footsteps and explore his favorite haunts on a walking tour through this romantic city or visit the Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles. Beyond this noteworthy connection, Arles is renowned for its Roman ruins, including a two-tiered amphitheater, the Alyscamps necropolis and the Constantine Baths. And as the gateway to the Camargue region, Arles is a great base for visitors looking to explore this marshy, flamingo-filled area.

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Another popular wine region, Burgundy is home to rolling hills, superior cuisine and an array of vineyards. Those visiting Burgundy must spend time exploring the medieval villages, historical abbeys and museums that call this area home. Dijon, the region's history-rich capital, makes a great home base for touring the area. And, of course, you can't leave without trying the region's wine, which mainly uses the pinot noir and chardonnay grapes, and dining on some of its rich cuisine.

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Northwestern France's Brittany region stands out from the rest of the country in more ways than one. Locals are proud and protective of their Celtic heritage, including their unique language, traditions and festivals. As a result, visitors will find many well-preserved historical sites throughout the area, including prehistoric megaliths and medieval towns like Saint-Malo, a popular port town with a 12th-century citadel. Brittany also features breathtaking coastlines with fantastic beaches that are known for their phenomenal waves for surfing, dive spots and dolphin-spotting opportunities. 

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As the capital of France's Champagne region, Reims is a must-visit destination for both history buffs and those who love bubbly. The city offers many Champagne cellars where visitors can learn about how the popular wine is produced before tasting it. Additionally, Reims features breathtaking Gothic architecture at attractions like the Cathedral of Notre-Dame at Reims, where 25 French monarchs were crowned between 1223 and 1825, and the adjacent Palace of Tau, the former residence of France's archbishops. No visit would be complete without perusing the exhibits in one of Reims' museums, which cover a range of topics from war history to art and automobiles.

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The gateway to the Loire Valley, Tours is perfectly situated for touring the region's wineries. But with Tours' historical elements and prime location along the Loire River, you may just want to stay in town. Place Plumereau, a medieval marketplace that remains one of the city's oldest squares, exudes irresistible charm with half-timbered houses, while churches like the Saint-Gatien Cathedral stun with their stately façades. Visitors will also have their pick of green spaces, from parks like Prébendes d’Oé Garden to riverside guinguettes (open-air cafes) at Tours sur Loire. What's more, several of the region's famed châteaux (including the Château de Villandry) sit just outside the city.

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For a romantic escape, visit the Loire Valley in central France. Situated along the Loire River, the area is peppered with châteaux, bed-and-breakfast accommodations, farms and wineries renowned for their sauvignon blanc. The region itself is even a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its beauty and historical villages. Plan to spend some time in a few of the valley's laid-back cities and towns, such as Orléans and Saumur, and you can't miss the emblematic Château de Chambord.

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This wine-producing hub woos travelers with its riverbank location and surrounding countryside. With nearly 300,000 acres of vineyards, Bordeaux offers ample choices for those looking to sip some of the best (typically bold red) wines in the world. In the city center, marvel at the Gothic-style Basilique Saint Michel, walk across the Pont de Pierre (a beautiful stone bridge), snap a photo of the iconic Place de la Bourse and enjoy the Jardin Public's pathways and flora.

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Located on the French Riviera just 8 miles from Nice, the tiny hilltop village of Èze makes for an excellent daytrip. The best way to spend your time in this medieval town is meandering through its cobbled streets that look as though they've been pulled from a postcard. In doing so, you'll find picturesque views of the coast, as well as luxury hotels and shops from another era. Top sights include the Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption and Jardin Exotique d'Èze, as well as the walking path of Nietzsche, who was inspired to write here. Before leaving town, stop by the Fragonard Parfumeur factory for a fragrant tour.

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Located 35 miles northeast of Montpellier, Nîmes delights history buffs with some of the world's best-preserved Roman treasures like its emblematic arena and La Maison Carrée, a temple dating back to 10 B.C. Museums throughout Nîmes also cover its past. But lest you get the wrong impression, Nîmes is anything but stuffy. The city embraces the joie de vivre of the South of France with countless festivals, from structured events like the concert lineups of the Festival de Nîmes to lively Ferias de Nîmes – multi-day celebrations that occur twice a year at Pentecost and in September, and center around bullfighting, dancing and music.

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France's oldest and second-largest city has become an exciting, up-and-coming tourist destination. Marseille has a number of sights to see, including the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Château d'If, the ominous prison made famous by Alexandre Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo." When the weather is nice, the rocky cliffs and secluded beaches of the Calanques are excellent for swimming, boating and hiking. No trip to Marseille would be complete without a stop by the Mucem, a museum dedicated to Mediterranean civilization. Plus, its rooftop terrace makes the perfect vantage point to admire the city.

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Famous for its annual film festival in May, Cannes is just as impressive (and much less congested) other times of the year. Cannes is another French Riviera hot spot that welcomes travelers looking for a little relaxation (think: sun-soaked beaches and meandering walks through the steep streets of Le Suquet, one of the city's oldest neighborhoods). Visitors can sightsee as they stroll along La Croisette, a 2-mile-long promenade, or sit down for an exquisite meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Feeling lucky? Stop by one of Cannes' casinos.

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France becomes first country to make abortion a constitutional right

PARIS— French lawmakers approved a bill that will enshrine a woman’s right to an abortion in the French Constitution during a historic joint session of parliament in at the Palace of Versailles on Monday.

The bill was approved in an overwhelming 780-72 vote, and nearly the entire joint session stood in a long standing ovation.

There were jubilant scenes of celebrations all over France as women’s rights activists hailed the measure promised by President Emmanuel Macron following a rollback of abortion rights in court rulings in the United States .

Both houses of parliament, the National Assembly and the Senate, have already adopted a bill to amend Article 34 of the French Constitution to specify a woman’s right to an abortion is guaranteed.

Image: MPs and senators applaud after the French parliament voted to anchor the right to abortion in the country's constitution

In the lead up to the historic vote, Prime Minister Gabriel Attal addressed the 925 lawmakers gathered for the joint session in Versailles, and called on them to make France a leader in women’s rights and set an example in defense of women’s rights for countries around the world.

“We have a moral debt to women,” Attal said. He paid tribute to Simone Veil, a prominent legislator, former health minister and key feminist who in 1975 championed the bill that decriminalized abortion in France.

“We have a chance to change history,” Attal said in a moving and determined speech. “Make Simone Veil proud,” he said to a standing ovation.

The lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, overwhelmingly approved the proposal in January. The Senate adopted the bill on Wednesday, clearing a key hurdle for legislation promised by Macron’s government, intended to make “a woman’s right to have an abortion irreversible.”

The measure must be approved by a three-fifths majority in the joint session.

None of France’s major political parties represented in parliament have questioned the right to abortion, including Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally party and the conservative Republicans. However, some lawmakers have voted against inscribing abortion right into the constitution in previous votes in both houses.

Le Pen, who won a record number of seats in the National Assembly two years ago, said on Monday that her party will vote in favor of the bill but added that “there is no need to make this a historic day.”

The right to an abortion has broad support among the French public. A recent poll showed support at over 80%, consistent with previous surveys. The same poll also showed that a solid majority of people are in favor of enshrining it in the constitution.

Sarah Durocher, a leader in the Family Planning movement, said Monday’s vote is “a victory for feminists and a defeat for the anti-choice activists.”

With the right to an abortion added to the constitution, it will be much harder to prevent women from voluntarily terminating a pregnancy in France, women’s rights and equality activists said.

Image: Women hold flags of the "Fondation des Femmes" women's rights group and clench their fists as they gather at the Place du Trocadero in Paris

“We increased the level of protection to this fundamental right,” said Anne-Cécile Mailfert of the Women’s Foundation. “It’s a guarantee for women today and in the future to have the right to abort in France.”

The government argued in its introduction to the bill that the right to abortion is threatened in the United States, where the Supreme Court in 2022 overturned a 50-year-old ruling that used to guarantee it.

“Unfortunately, this event is not isolated: in many countries, even in Europe, there are currents of opinion that seek to hinder at any cost the freedom of women to terminate their pregnancy if they wish,” the introduction to the French legislation says.

Amending the constitution is a laborious process and a rare event in France. Since it was enacted in 1958, the French Constitution has been amended 17 times. The last time was in 2008, when parliament was awarded more powers and French citizens were granted the right to bring their grievances to the Constitutional Court.

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Germany’s ambassador to Moscow was summoned to the Russian foreign ministry on Monday in order to explain the leaked discussion between senior military personnel about sending weapons to Ukraine.

Alexander Graf Lamsdorff arrived at the foreign ministry without responding to journalists’ requests for comment, according to reports on Russian news agencies.

Germany’s defence minister, Boris Pistorius , has accused Russia of waging “an information war” against Germany, by intercepting and then leaking a sensitive meeting among high-level military officers of the German military or Bundeswehr.

Russia has accused Germany, backed by its allies, of planning an all-out war on Russia.

Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov , said the leaked discussions showed that the appetite for war in Europe “still remains very very high”, and the aim was to ensure “Russia’s strategic defeat on the battlefield”.

The former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev commented that: “Germany is planning a war with Russia”.

Pistorius dismissed the reactions as: “completely absurd”, accusing Moscow of wanting to sow distrust and discord in Germany.

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In the telephone conference, four officers, including the head of Germany’s air force, Ingo Gerhartz, prepare for a discussion with defence minister Pistorius about the possible deployment of Taurus missiles to Ukraine , coming to the conclusion that a speedy delivery and the use of the missiles in the immediate future would only be possible if German soldiers were involved.

Taurus training for Ukrainian soldiers in order to avoid putting German soldiers on Ukraine soil, was a possibility, but would take months of preparation. The officers also discussed the possibility of using the missiles to destroy the Russian-built bridge connecting the illegally annexed Crimean peninsula and Russia.

Last week, Germany’s chancellor, Olaf Scholz , ruled out the sending of Taurus missiles because he said the operation would involve sending German troops to Ukraine. He said: “German soldiers can at no point and in no place be linked with the targets that this (Taurus) system reaches. Not even in Germany.”

As the German government struggles to deal with the fallout from the leak, with questions asked about the security of its internal communications and speculation over what other discussions Russia has been able to listen in on, defence policy experts said the intercepted communication was clearly meant to undermine Germany’s Ukraine strategy.

Roderich Kiesewette, the opposition Christian Democrats’ defence expert, said that Russia had leaked the meeting at this moment in time in order to specifically: “undermine a German Taurus delivery”. He suggested the leak was carried out “in order to divert public conversation away” from other issues, including the death of Alexei Navalny .

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Ukraine said it had not seen the €16bn (£13.7bn) in proceeds from two donor conferences held in Poland in 2022, early on into Russia’s full-scale invasion. The two events in 2022 had raised 10 billion and six billion euros, respectively, the Ukrainian prime minister, Denys Shmygal , told a press conference .

A first-of-its-kind training exercise involving more than 20,000 soldiers from over a dozen countries has launched across northern Norway, Sweden and Finland as the region prepares to become a fully Nato territory within days. The training exercise across air, land and sea – which will also include soldiers from the UK, US, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium and Canada – will incorporate a cross-border operations exercise in the Arctic Circle.

The Kremlin said a purported recording of German military discussions showed Germany’s armed forces were discussing plans to launch strikes on Russian territory. Russian media on Friday published a 38-minute recording of a call in which German officers were heard discussing weapons for Ukraine and a potential strike by Kyiv on a bridge in Crimea. Germany’s ambassador to Moscow, Alexander Graf Lamsdorff , was summoned to the Russian foreign ministry on Monday in order to explain the leaked discussion . Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov , said the leaked discussions showed that the appetite for war in Europe “still remains very very high”, and the aim was to ensure “Russia’s strategic defeat on the battlefield”. The former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev commented that: “Germany is planning a war with Russia”. Germany’s defence minister, Boris Pistorius , dismissed the reactions as “completely absurd”, accusing Moscow of wanting to sow distrust and discord in Germany.

Disqualified Russian presidential candidate Boris Nadezhdin said he would keep filing challenges against his exclusion from this month’s election after his latest appeal was rejected by the supreme court .

Ukraine’s military intelligence agency launched a cyber-attack against the servers of the Russian defence ministry, gaining access to “a bulk of classified service documents,” the agency said .

Ukraine says it has not received over £13bn from fundraisers

Ukraine said it had not seen the €16bn (£13.7bn) in proceeds from two donor conferences held in Poland in 2022, early on into Russia’s full-scale invasion.

The announcement comes amid concerns in Kyiv surrounding military and financial support, with the war entering its third year.

The two events in 2022 had raised 10 billion and six billion euros, respectively, the Ukrainian prime minister, Denys Shmygal , told a press conference.

“Ukraine received nothing from them. The funds were raised by Poland together with the European Commission to support Ukraine,” he said.

“Where did they go, what did they support … Ukraine has received nothing,” he added.

Kyiv has warned it desperately needs more military and financial assistance as it waits for a fresh $60bn package of US aid held up in Washington.

Here is more on the deal Poland signed a deal to buy anti-tank grenade launchers from Sweden’s Saab .

The deal concerns the Carl-Gustaf M4 grenade launcher , which is intended to combat all types of modern combat vehicles.

Poland’s defence minister, Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz, said Poland would receive several thousand grenade launchers and several hundred thousand rounds of ammunition, as well as the necessary infrastructure, training and other elements necessary to use the weapon.

Poland signed a deal to buy anti-tank grenade launchers from Sweden’s Saab in a deal worth 6.5 billion złotys (£1.3bn), Poland’s defence minister, Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz, has said.

Warsaw has been one of Kyiv’s staunchest supporters since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022 and has said Ukraine must regain control over all of its territory in order to deter Moscow from further aggression.

This year, Poland – which borders the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad – is spending about 4% of gross domestic product on defence as it seeks to strengthen its armed forces in the face of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine .

British soldiers are “on the ground” in Ukraine helping Kyiv’s forces fire long-range Storm Shadow missiles , according to a leak in Russian media of a top-secret call involving German air force officers.

The Kremlin said the leak demonstrated the direct involvement of the “collective west” in the war in Ukraine – while former British defence ministers expressed frustration with the German military in response to the revelations.

Released on Friday by the editor of the Kremlin-controlled news channel RT, Margarita Simonyan, the audio recording – confirmed as authentic by Germany – captures Luftwaffe officers discussing how Berlin’s Taurus missiles could be used to try to blow up the Kerch Bridge connecting Russia with occupied Crimea.

During the conversation, Lt Gen Ingo Gerhartz, the head of the Luftwaffe, describes how Britain works with Ukraine on deploying Storm Shadow missiles against targets up to 150 miles behind Russian lines.

“When it comes to mission planning,” the German commander says, “I know how the English do it, they do it completely in reachback. They also have a few people on the ground, they do that, the French don’t.”

Reachback is a military term to describe how intelligence, equipment and support from the rear is brought forward to units deployed on the front, but Gerhartz suggests the British approach is deeper, involving support on site.

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Polish farmers’ blockade of the border with Ukraine has not affected the delivery of military or humanitarian aid to the country, Ukraine’s prime minister, Denys Shmygal , has said.

Farmers have been blocking the border and other highways to protest what they say is unfair competition from goods entering the Polish market from Ukraine.

“There have been no cases of delivery of weapons and military equipment, humanitarian aid, or fuel to Ukraine being blocked,” Shmygal told reporters in Kyiv.

“No cargo officially registered as military or humanitarian has been detained,” he added.

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Germany’s ambassador to Moscow, Alexander Graf Lamsdorff, outside the Russian foreign ministry in Moscow.

A group of more than 40 countries reiterated calls for Russia to allow an independent international investigation into the death of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in prison.

The call was made by EU ambassador Lotte Knudsen at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on behalf of all 27 EU states and 16 other countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States and Ukraine , according to Reuters.

Knudsen said:

We are outraged by the death of the Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, for which the ultimate responsibility lies with President [Vladimir] Putin and the Russian authorities. Russia must allow an independent and transparent international investigation into the circumstances of his sudden death.

Navalny, Putin’s fiercest critic inside Russia, died at the age of 47 in an Arctic penal colony on 16 February, sparking accusations from his supporters that he had been murdered.

The Kremlin has denied any state involvement in the death of the opposition leader, who was laid to rest in Moscow on Friday.

Russia’s Investigative Committee says it has launched a procedural investigation into the death, and the Kremlin has said it does not bow to EU demands.

UN Nuclear watchdog chief Rafael Grossi said he intends to discuss Russia’s plans for the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant it is occupying in Ukraine when he meets Russian President Vladimir Putin this week.

Grossi is due to leave for Russia on Tuesday, he told a press conference on the opening day of a quarterly meeting of his agency’s 35-nation Board of Governors at which envoys from various countries marked the second anniversary of Russian forces seizing the Zaporizhzhia plant, Reuters reports.

Grossi’s trip to Russia has long been planned. He originally intended to go there last month after a trip to Ukraine.

When asked what he would discuss with Putin, Grossi said:

There are issues related to the future operational status of the plant. Is it going to be started or not? What is the idea? What is the idea in terms of the external power supply lines, since what we see is extremely fragile and thin?

Zaporizhzhia, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, has lost its connection to all its external power lines eight times in the past 18 months, forcing it to rely on diesel generators for essential functions like cooling fuel in its reactors to avoid a potentially catastrophic meltdown.

While one of its main power lines is now functioning and its six reactors are in shutdown, which reduces the operational risk, the International Atomic Energy Agency says the situation at the plant remains precarious.

Although Grossi stopped short of spelling out that he would meet Putin , he said:

It’s the idea … This is the intention.

He left open what other issues might be discussed.

I would not be coming with a fixed list of items. As it happens, when I have a meeting with a world leader that has responsibilities, and in particular a nuclear-weapon possessor state, permanent member of the security council, I cannot exclude that other things are discussed.

A Russian prosecutor has asked for the jail term of a former staffer of Alexei Navalny to be increased, Navalny’s team said on Telegram, in the first major court hearing related to an ally of the opposition politician since his death last month.

Liliya Chanysheva , the former head of Navalny’s office in the central Bashkortostan region, and her former colleague, Rustem Mulyukov, were the first Navalny staffers to be convicted of national security charges after his organisation was deemed “extremist” in 2021, Reuters reports.

Navalny, one of president Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critics inside Russia, died aged 47 in an Artic penal colony on 16 February. The Kremlin has angrily rejected claims it was involved in his death.

Chanysheva was handed a seven-and-a-half year sentence last year for participating in Navalny’s organisation, while Mulyukov received two-and-a-half years for similar charges.

A prosecutor in a cassation court in Samara on Monday demanded Chanysheva’s sentence be increased to ten years because she “provoked and incited Ufa residents” to protest in the streets, referring to Bashkortostan’s capital, independent outlet SOTA quoted the prosecutor as saying.

The cassation court returned Chanysheva and Mulyukov’s cases to Bashkortostan’s supreme court for a new examination, her lawyer wrote on Telegram.

At least two other Navalny staffers remain imprisoned in Russia: Vadim Ostanin, who ran Navalny’s branch in Barnaul and Ksenia Fadeyeva, a local lawmaker and former head of Navalny’s anti-corruption organisation in Tomsk.

Several of Navalny’s lawyers were also detained last year and are awaiting trial.

Ukraine expects the European Commission to present a negotiation framework for Kyiv’s accession to the EU “no later than 12 March”, deputy prime minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olga Stefanishyna has been quoted as saying.

“No later than 12 March, we expect the European Commission to present a negotiation framework and assess the progress of reforms so that EU countries can make a decision on 19 March,” Stefanishyna told journalists, according to Ukrinform.

“We hope that there will be no delays,” she added.

The European Commission recommended last November that formal EU membership negotiations with Ukraine and Moldova should begin, which its president, Ursula von der Leyen, described as a response to “the call of history”.

It started screening Ukraine’s legislation for compliance with EU laws in January, marking the initial step of the accession process, which includes meeting the necessary economic and legal criteria.

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Nato will start an exercise on Monday to defend its newly expanded Nordic territory when more than 20,000 soldiers from over a dozen countries take part in drills lasting nearly two weeks in the northern regions of Finland , Norway and Sweden . With over 4,000 Finnish soldiers taking part, the Norway-led Nordic Response 2024 drills are part of the largest Nato military exercise in decades. “For the first time, Finland will participate as a Nato member nation in exercising collective defense of the alliance’s regions,” the Finnish Defense Forces said .

Disqualified Russian presidential candidate Boris Nadezhdin said he would keep filing challenges against his exclusion from this month’s election after his latest appeal was rejected by the supreme court on Monday .

Disqualified Russian presidential candidate Boris Nadezhdin said he would keep filing challenges against his exclusion from this month’s election after his latest appeal was rejected by the supreme court on Monday (see earlier post at 10.33 for more details).

Nadezhdin had tried to run against Vladimir Putin on an anti-war ticket but was barred from standing when the Central Election Commission said it had found irregularities, including names of dead people, in the list of supporters’ signatures he had presented in support of his candidacy.

He said on Monday he planned to file a further complaint to the presidium of the supreme court and then to the constitutional court.

“I’m not going to stop, I’ll fight until the end,” he said.

Nadezhdin conceded weeks ago that he has “zero” chance of appearing on the ballot for the March 15-17 election, but has used the protracted appeal process to portray himself as a fighter intent on playing a future role in Russia’s politics.

Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán , will meet former US President Donald Trump this Friday in Florida, Reuters reports.

“It is not gambling but actually betting on the only sensible chance, that we in Hungary bet on the return of President Trump,” he told an economic forum on Monday.

“The only chance of the world for a relatively fast peace deal is political change in the United States, and this is linked to who is the president.”

The Hungarian leader, who has refused to send weapons to Ukraine and kept up close economic ties with Russia since the full-scale invasion in 2022, has repeatedly said that only the return of Trump to the White House could bring peace in Ukraine.

An object that fell in a field in Poland , a Nato member, was a weather balloon, it has been confirmed.

The Fakt tabloid reported earlier on Monday that a military object had fallen in a field near the town of Milakowo , but police in nearby Ostroda clater onfirmed to Reuters that the object was a weather balloon.

“I confirm that this morning we received a report that an object fell in the fields near Milakowo, now we can confirm that it was a meteorological balloon,” a police spokesperson said.

“Our activities here focused on securing this place until the arrival of the army, and at the moment we are trying to explain the origin of this object and why it was found in these fields in our area.”

In November 2022, a stray Ukrainian missile struck the Polish village of Przewodow in southern Poland, killing two people and raising fears at the time of the war in Ukraine spilling over the border.

Poland plans to ask the EU to put sanctions on Russian and Belarusian agricultural products, the country’s prime minister, Donald Tusk , said on Monday during a visit to the Lithuanian capital Vilnius.

Tusk has said agricultural products from Russia and Belarus were causing market distortions.

“Latvia decided to implement an embargo on the import of (agricultural) products from Russia,” he told a news conference last week. “We will analyse the case of Latvia, and I do not rule out that Poland will take an appropriate initiative.”

Germany’s chancellor, Olaf Scholz , has ruled out arming Ukraine with long-range Taurus missiles if German soldiers needed to be involved to help operate them.

“You cannot deliver a weapons system that has a very wide reach and then not think about how control over the weapons system can take place,” he was quoted by Reuters as saying at a school function.

“And if you want to have control and it’s only possible if German soldiers are involved, that’s out of the question for me.”

Germany has so far resisted sending Taurus missiles to Ukraine, wary of widening the scope of the war and being dragged into a direct confrontation with Russia .

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