Biden’s D-Day anniversary speech on democracy


Biden delivers remarks on democracy and freedom to mark D-Day | Special Report

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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden were honored at a state dinner in Paris at the Presidential Elysee Palace on Saturday, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron and first lady Brigitte Macron marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day two days prior and the strength of the countries’ long alliance.

“France is our first ally and that’s not insignificant,” Mr. Biden said during toasts at the start of the dinner. Mr. Macron commented on the close relationship between the U.S. and France and noted he and Biden stood side by side two days ago as the soldiers did 80 years ago on D-day.

Notable guests for Saturday’s state dinner include actor Salma Hayek, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, former tennis player John McEnroe, and his wife U.S. singer Patty Smyth. Singer Pharrell Williams is scheduled to perform for the attendees. 

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(From L) US first lady Jill Biden, US President Joe Biden, France’s President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron arrive.

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US President Joe Biden delivers a speech during an official state dinner.

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Pharrell Williams and his wife Helen Lasichanh arrive at the dinner. He is scheduled to perform for the guests.

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U.S. singer and designer Pharrell Williams and his wife Helen Lasichanh arrive to attend an official state dinner.

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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife French-Italian model and musician Carla Bruni-Sarkozy attended the dinner.

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Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy (L) and his wife French-Italian model and musician Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.

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Actor Salma Hayek, and her husband Francois-Henri Pinault, billionaire and chief executive officer of Kering SA, attended the state dinner.

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Francois-Henri Pinault, billionaire and chief executive officer of Kering SA, right, and Salma Hayek, actor, attend a state dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, on Saturday, June 8, 2024. 

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Former tennis player John McEnroe and his wife singer Patty Smyth arrive at the French state dinner.

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Former tennis player John McEnroe (R) and his wife US singer Patty Smyth arrive to attend an official state dinner as part of US President’s state visit to France, at the Presidential Elysee Palace in Paris on June 8, 2024.

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