Kamala Harris visiting Paris: what will be her program?

the essential This Tuesday, November 9, the Vice-President of the United States, Kamala Harris, will set foot in the French capital, for a trip that will last five days. Reception at the Elysée Palace, visit of the military cemetery … here is its program.

The Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, flew on Monday, November 8 for Paris, where she will spend five days. Through this trip, the vice-president hopes to complete reconciliation after a severe quarrel between Paris and Washington over a contract for Australian submarines. His plane took off Monday at 21 H 30 Washington time (Tuesday at 01 H 30 GMT).

Elysee, military cemetery: what will be its program ?

The Vice-President will be received on Wednesday 01 November by the French President at the Elysee Palace, to discuss in particular “European security, Indo-Pacific, global health “, according to the White House.

Strengthening cooperation between France and the United States in the space sector should also be on the menu for the visit, according to a joint press release issued on the occasion of the meeting between Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron.

The vice-president, the first woman to hold this post in the history of the United States, will visit the same day with her husband Doug Emhoff at the American military cemetery of Suresnes, near Paris. On 11 November, “Veterans Day” in the United States, Kamala Harris will participate in the armistice commemoration ceremonies of 1918 ending the First World War. On the same day, she will take part in the Paris Peace Forum, organized by Emmanuel Macron.

Other planned stages: a visit on Tuesday, November 9 at the Institut Pasteur and, on 12 November, a participation in the international conference on Libya. This great international meeting is supposed to prepare the presidential election of 24 December, which should be followed a month later by legislative elections. These polls are supposed to end a decade of chaos in the country after the fall in 2011 of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.

willingness to turn the page

The consequent duration of the visit, from Tuesday 9 to Saturday 13 November, underlines the desire of the White House to finally turn the page, after the announcement of a new defense alliance around the United States in the Pacific, which sees them blow a huge contract for Australian submarines initially promised to France.

Before Kamala Harris, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan traveled to Paris to ease relations.

And President Joe Biden, in his own way, also went to French soil, since he met his counterpart Emmanuel Macron ten days ago at the French Embassy to the Holy See, in Rome.

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