This White House so full of history that the British burned down in 1815, and I say this in the most amicable way, and that James Monroe then had the brilliant idea of decorating with French furniture. A man of taste. In fact, he was a former ambassador to Paris.
Dear Melania, to paying tribute to this joint history, thanks to the gift you kindly gave us this morning.
Mr. President, you just reminded us, like we did earlier this morning, how deep, how strong and how intense the relationship is between our two countries.
This relationship from the very beginning is rooted in the revolution that saw the birth of the United States of America and the revolution that freed us. All along our joint history through the wars that we have led together for freedom and to defend our values; this relationship which is based on all of our values.
And tonight my thoughts go to the young Lafayette who came to risk his life because of his love for freedom. And my thoughts also go to the tens of thousands of American soldiers, young soldiers, who gave their lives during World War I and World War II on soil which was not theirs, but for this freedom which they cherished and which was theirs.
We have always been there for the appointments of this joint history and this is the reason why today we have no alternative but to be there, also for an appointment with history.
There is a joint willingness on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean to build our countries to make them stronger, greater you would say, and more solid. But let us not forget that our task accordingly is to always be more ambitious. Our task at the head of the United States and at the head of France is also about the statute of universality, for which so many so generations sacrificed themselves.
These values that we support, ladies and gentlemen, you very much represent them. You who are here with us tonight, be it in the field of culture, science, sport, the economic life, political life or diplomacy, there is always this little extra which you represent because you’re French, because you’re American.
This is the reason why, Mr. President, we decided to work together for both our countries and also because this duty is about something that goes beyond us. And this is also the reason why our military took legitimate action a few days ago. This is also the reason why we will work for stability and to preserve our values.
This is, Mr. President, the only way we both have to deal with history that goes beyond us, the duty that is ours. And many comment on our friendship, but I think it only helps us work together towards these goals.
On both sides of the ocean, some two years ago, very few would have bet on us being here together today. But as matter of fact, we share the same determination and the willingness to serve both our countries. Your country, my country, and the rest of the world.
I got to know you, you got to know me, we both know that none of us easily changes his mind, but we will work together and we have this ability to listen to one another. This is the reason why our relationship will serve our strong history and we are also aware of the challenges ahead of us. But we will keep working together. And for the quality of our exchanges, I would like to thank you for this as well as for your invitation.
Mr. President, dear Donald, dear Melania, thank you, thank you for honoring France, for honoring me and Brigitte and the French delegation with this first state visit, which is commensurate to the quality and the level of the bonds between our two countries. And in turn, please allow me to raise my glass.
Please allow me to raise my glass to all our fellow citizens on both sides of the ocean who fought for our values. Please allow me to raise my glass. We have to be up to the debt that we owe them and up to their sacrifice.
Please allow me to raise my glass to the friendship, the unbreakable friendship between France and the United States.