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Le Drian warmly welcomes Blinken to Paris – RT in english

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was received by Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. “I would be tempted to say: welcome home!”, Launched the French to his counterpart who lived in Paris in the 1970s.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was in Paris on June 25, as part of a European tour. Before meeting with Emmanuel Macron, he had an appointment at the Quai d’Orsay with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian.

I would be tempted to say: welcome home!

The latter welcomed his American counterpart with these words: “My dear Tony, I am really very happy to welcome you to Paris. […] It was normal for you to come to Paris because, here, you are a bit at home. I would be tempted to say: welcome home! ”

“Allow me to say how happy I am to find myself in France, a second homeland for me,” said Antony Blinken in the language of Molière during a press conference, before switching back to his mother tongue.

Born in New York in 1962, Antony Blinken lived there until the age of 9 before following his mother Judith to Paris where her new husband, lawyer Samuel Pisar, resided. The one who will become head of American diplomacy attended the prestigious private bilingual Jeannine Manuel school (located in the 15th arrondissement of Paris) until the baccalaureate, which explains his mastery of French. He then returned to the United States to continue his studies at Harvard and Columbia.

The first senior official in the Biden administration to visit France, Antony Blinken also spoke more trivially about his taste for French television series. “If I have dark circles under my eyes, it’s because I stay late watching these programs,” he said, citing Lupine in particular, with Omar Sy.

“I kept my friends here,” also said the Secretary of State, who granted himself a private program on June 26 in the capital before continuing his tour of Europe by going to Rome.

Under the presidency of Barack Obama, Antony Blinken was the summer assistant to Secretary of State John Kerry. The latter was also at ease in French, which may have worked against him by being considered too elitist during the campaign against George W. Bush in 2004, at the end of which the president Republican was re-elected for a second term.

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