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France’s Emmanuel Macron congratulates Joe Biden, Kamala Harris

Emmanuel Macron, 42, was one of the world leaders who congratulated Democratic Party members Joe Biden, 77, and Kamala Harris, 56. The president of France took to Twitter to send his congratulatory message.

On January 20, 2021, Biden and Harris will be inaugurated as the 46th president and 49th vice president of the United States, respectively. In the 2020 U.S. presidential election, they defeated their respective Republican opponents Donald Trump, 74, and Mike Pence, 61, who were seeking reelection.

The 2020 U.S. presidential election was held on November 3, 2020 amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It was the country’s the 59th quadrennial presidential election.

Biden is the 47th U.S. vice president. He was in office from January 20, 2009 to January 20, 2017 along with 44th U.S. president Barack Obama, 59.

 

At age 78, Biden will be the oldest man to be inaugurated as the U.S. president. He received more than 74 million votes, making him the elected president with the most votes in U.S. history.

Harris, who is of Jamaican and Indian descent, is making history, as well. She is the first female, first Asian, first black and first Caribbean U.S. vice president.

From January 3, 2011 to January 3, 2017, Harris served as the attorney general of California, USA. She assumed office as U.S. senator from California on January 3, 2017, making her the first South Asian American and the second African American woman to serve in the U.S. senate.

 

Macron was born in Amiens, France on December 21, 1977 to Jean-Michel Macron and Françoise Noguès Macron. Jean-Michel was a professor of neurology at the University of Picardy in Amiens while Françoise was a physician.

Emmanuel married Brigitte Marie-Claude Trogneux Macron, 67, in October 2007. She has three children with her former husband André-Louis Auzière.

From August 26, 2014 to August 30, 2016, Emmanuel served as France’s minister of the economy, industry and digital affairs. On May 14, 2017, she became the president of France and ex officio co-prince of Andorra.

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