PHOTOS: Biden hosts Macron for royal dinner

2000 GMT (0400 HKT) Updated on December 02, 2022

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President Joe Biden will host his first state dinner at the White House in honor of French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte.

Thursday dinner represents the return of a tradition It has not been seen since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. It takes place in a tent on the South Lawn, which can comfortably accommodate the more than 400 guests expected to attend. An indoor dinner in the State Dining Room is limited by space constraints — only about 120 guests can be accommodated.

The evening’s entertainment will be provided by singer John Bautista, a native of New Orleans, a city that First Lady Jill Biden said Wednesday was “shaped by French and American culture.” Macron will visit New Orleans before returning to France.

One person familiar with Jill Biden’s approach to dinner is that she is involved in all aspects of the planning, tasting each dish and overseeing the seating chart — just like her immediate predecessor, Melania Trump. Happened for macarons. The Bidens serve caviar and butter-poached lobster for a first course, calotte of beef and watercress and sunchoke salad for mains and crème fraiche ice cream for dessert.

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