Emmanuel Macron meets with Elon Musk and ends his American tour

A walk through the mythical “French Quarter” to end his state visit to the United States: Emmanuel Macron traveled to New Orleans, a symbol of historic Franco-American relations, on Friday to celebrate Francophonie and … meet Elon Musk.

A day after the luxurious reception at the White House, which sealed the “friendship” of the French president with his American counterpart Joe Biden, the French president offered himself and his wife Brigitte to go for a walk in the very lively small streets of the center.-town.

Emmanuel Macron, with shirt sleeves, was greeted with the words “Welcome, sir” in French. Together with the first lady, he took pictures with young children in the arms of their parents.

A contrast to the first two official days of his visit, between a meeting on nuclear energy and space, speeches at the embassy and speeches to American parliamentarians.

After this walk in Washington, in milder weather than the winter sun, Emmanuel Macron announced from the New Orleans art museum a new plan to promote the teaching of French in the United States, called “French for All.”

A surprise meeting with Elon Musk

To do French “the language of cultural and economic opportunities” and to make his experience less “elitist”, the program aims to “broaden and develop” the teaching of Molière. “From Kindergarten to Higher Education”– said the French president.

But before his speech – by all accounts – Mr Macron met for an hour with the world’s richest man, Elon Musk, the head of Tesla, SpaceX and now Twitter, where he curtailed moderation and deleted thousands of jobs.

The French president wrote on his Twitter account “Clear and frank discussion” He had an exchange with Mr. Musk in particular “future green industry projects such as electric vehicles and battery production”.

“Transparent terms of use, significant strengthening of content moderation and protection of freedom of expression: Twitter must strive to comply with European rules”added the French president, who did not answer the questions of the press about this surprise meeting.

Elon Musk said to himself in response “willing” about “Interesting projects in France”without going into further detail.

the birthplace of jazz

He previously met with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards to discuss climate change in particular, and according to the Elysee, “strengthening relations in the field of energy” – Louisiana is a major exporter of liquefied natural gas.

Emmanuel Macron, accompanied by film director Claude Lelouch and dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, would also meet with actors of the cultural life of this city, which is considered the cradle of jazz, the day after the gala-party at the White House hosted by the virtuoso pianist John. Batiste, from a musical family in New Orleans.

During a diplomatic romance on Thursday, Emmanuel Macron and Joe Biden demonstrated their unity over Ukraine, expressed their desire to jointly seek a solution to the war and smoothed over economic disputes that dominated their union. – One-on-one in the Oval Office.

“Before I step foot in the pot”The impact of the American climate plan (IRA) on European industries was not the issue “not a debate”neither in France nor in the United States, he said during a walk Friday. Now everyone is talking about it, it’s a good thing.”

when talking about the issue “exceptions” He said that in the United States for European industries: “Early next year”In the first quarter of 2023, “we have been able to solve this topic”, “we have concluded these topics”.

After dinner away from the cameras with dozens of representatives of the cultural life of New Orleans, the president was supposed to fly to Paris.

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