Macron honors U.S. WWII veterans in Washington

STORY: The ceremony which took place at the French Embassy in Washington is part of Macron's visit to the U.S. aimed at highlighting Franco-American friendship rather than the bitter economic competition between the two sides of the pond.

More than a year after Washington, London and Canberra torpedoed a big French submarine contract, pushing Franco-U.S. relations to breaking point, the two countries are expected to put on a show of unity on common threats from Russia and China.

The visit also highlights the unique way of how Macron has raised France's profile on the world stage, and particularly in the United States.

Since he swept to power in 2017, Macron has launched a flurry of international initiatives that have made him one of the most active global leaders.