Macron tells Congress of 'special' US-French bond

Macron tells Congress of 'special' US-French bond
French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he is introduced before speaking to a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 25, 2018.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron drew on the shared history and “special bond” of U.S.-French relations as he opened a joint meeting of Congress.

Macron told Congress, “the American and French people have had a rendezvous with freedom.”

In recounting common bonds from the earliest days of the United States, he was telling of a meeting between Ben Franklin and the French philosopher Voltaire, “kissing each other’s cheeks.”

In an apparent reference to his friendly meetings this week with President Donald Trump, Macron joked, “It can remind you of something.”

Macron spoke Wednesday as part of his visit to the United States. It’s the first time a president from France has addressed Congress in more than a decade, but follows a tradition of foreign leaders appearing at the U.S. Capitol.