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  • >> President Obama: Good afternoon.

  • Bon après-midi.

  • Again, it's a great honor to welcome my friend

  • and partner, President Hollande,

  • back to the White House for this state visit.

  • It's always a pleasure to host François.

  • At Camp David two years ago, I was trying to make

  • the summit casual, and François -- in true French

  • style -- showed up in a necktie.

  • We tried to get him to take it off.

  • When I hosted him in Chicago for the NATO

  • summit, I thought he'd try some of our local

  • cuisine -- a Chicago-style hot dog.

  • I'm not sure he had one, but we do know that he has

  • sampled American fast food in the past, because this

  • happens to be the 40th anniversary of François's

  • first trip to America as a student.

  • And I understand he traveled across

  • our county studying the fast food industry.

  • So if back in 1974 you noticed a French guy

  • poking around your local McDonald's, that was him.

  • (Laughter)

  • Now he's back as the

  • 24th President of France.

  • And Michelle and I look forward to hosting him

  • tonight at a state dinner -- with a different kind

  • of American cuisine.

  • Alexis de Tocqueville -- that great son of France

  • who chronicled our American democracy --

  • wrote that even as we marvel at our freedom,

  • there's nothing harder than learning

  • how to use our freedom.

  • It's a lesson that our two countries have

  • learned over more than 200 years.

  • Standing together -- and using our freedom

  • to improve the lives of not only our citizens but

  • people around the world -- is what makes France

  • not only America's oldest ally,

  • but also one of our closest allies.

  • Our military and intelligence personnel

  • cooperate every day -- keeping our nations secure

  • and dealing with crises and challenges

  • from Africa to the Persian Gulf.

  • Our diplomats work side by side to help resolve

  • conflicts and promote peace, from Syria to Iran.

  • Our development experts help impoverished villages

  • boost their agriculture and lift themselves

  • out of poverty.

  • And this level of partnership across so many

  • areas would have been unimaginable even

  • a decade ago.

  • But it's a testament to how our two nations

  • have worked to transform our alliance.

  • And I want to salute President Hollande

  • for carrying this work forward.

  • François, you haven't just spoken eloquently about

  • France's determination to meet its responsibilities

  • as a global leader, you've also acted.

  • From Mali and the Central African Republic

  • to Syria and Iran, you have shown courage and resolve.

  • And I want to thank you for your leadership

  • and for being such a strong partner

  • to the United States.

  • And in that spirit, I'm grateful for the progress

  • that we've made today in four key areas.

  • First, we're standing shoulder to shoulder

  • on the key challenges to global security.

  • Our unity with our P5-plus-1 partners,

  • backed with strong sanctions, has succeeded

  • in halting and rolling back key parts

  • of the Iranian nuclear program.

  • We agree that next week's talks in Vienna will

  • be an opportunity for Iran to show that it is serious

  • about a comprehensive solution that assures the

  • world that its nuclear

  • program is for peaceful purposes only.

  • President Hollande and I agree on the need

  • to continue enforcing existing sanctions, even

  • as we believe that new sanctions during these

  • negotiations would endanger the possibility

  • of a diplomatic solution.

  • And we remain absolutely united on our ultimate

  • goal, which is preventing Iran from obtaining

  • a nuclear weapon.

  • Just as our unity on Syria -- and the credible threat

  • of force -- led to a plan for destroying Syria's

  • chemical weapons, we're united on what needs

  • to happen next there.

  • Syria must meet its commitments, and Russia

  • has a responsibility to ensure

  • that Syria complies.

  • And as talks continue in Geneva, we'll continue

  • to strengthen the moderate opposition,

  • and we call on the international community

  • to stem the flow of foreign fighters into Syria.

  • This week, we're working with our Security Council

  • partners to call for an end to indiscriminate

  • attacks on civilians and to ensure humanitarian

  • aid workers have unimpeded access to Syrians in need.

  • And we'll continue to work with France

  • and others to bolster our partners

  • in the region, including Lebanon.

  • More broadly, as Israelis and Palestinians move

  • forward with talks, we agree that France

  • and the European Union will have an important role

  • in supporting a final agreement.

  • And we also agreed to continue our cooperation

  • on Mali and the Central African Republic, where

  • leaders and communities need to show the courage

  • to resist further violence

  • and to pursue reconciliation.

  • Second key area -- as major trading partners,

  • we're working to boost exports and create jobs.

  • I'm pleased to announce that we're launching

  • a new economic dialogue to expand trade,

  • increase the competitiveness of our businesses,

  • spur innovation, and encourage new entrepreneurs.

  • And President Hollande's visit to Silicon Valley

  • this week underscores our commitment

  • to new collaborations in science and technology.

  • Related to this, we've agreed to continue

  • pursuing an ambitious and comprehensive

  • Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

  • I want to thank President Hollande for his

  • commitment to these negotiations.

  • We need to get this done because an agreement could

  • increase exports by tens of billions of dollars,

  • support hundreds of thousands of additional

  • jobs -- both in the United States

  • and the European Union -- and promote growth

  • on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • Number three, we've agreed to keep expanding the

  • cooperation and clean-energy partnerships

  • that make our countries leaders

  • in the fight against climate change.

  • And even as we take steps at home to reduce carbon

  • emissions, we'll work to help developing countries

  • move to low-carbon growth.

  • And next year's carbon climate conference

  • in France will be an opportunity

  • to forge a strong global agreement that reduces

  • greenhouse gas emissions through concrete actions.

  • And finally, we're moving forward together

  • on key global development initiatives: food security

  • and nutrition that can lift 50 million Africans

  • out of poverty; our determination

  • to replenish the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB, and malaria --

  • and I'm pleased that we're joining with partners

  • around the world on a new global health security

  • effort to combat infectious diseases

  • and save lives.

  • So this is just some of the progress we're making

  • together, using our freedoms,

  • to borrow de Tocqueville's words, to advance security,

  • prosperity, and human dignity around the world.

  • And François, in this work,

  • I could not be more grateful for your partnership

  • and your friendship.

  • I especially want to thank you for honoring

  • our D-Day veterans today.

  • And I'm very pleased to announce that I have

  • accepted François's invitation and will travel

  • to France in June to mark

  • the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

  • I was there for the 65th anniversary and it was an

  • extraordinary experience.

  • I'm looking forward to returning to honor

  • our remarkable veterans and

  • to reaffirm this extraordinary alliance.

  • President Hollande.

  • >> President Hollande: (As interpreted)

  • Mr. President, dear Barack, you receive

  • me today as you had done the day after my election with

  • the same sincerity, with the same respect,

  • and with the same friendship for France.

  • You didn't know me back then -- I knew you.