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U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to Paris (November 13, 2021)

Florence Gallez | France


U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, leave Paris on Air Force Two at Paris Orly Airport after 5 days of official events, including the Armistice Day commemoration, and discussions with French President Emmanuel Macron and other world leaders at the Paris Peace Forum.

The visit aimed at repairing relations following the spat between the U.S. and France over submarine sales to Australia. Harris and Macron discussed global health, space, regional security, the Indo-Pacific, counterterrorism and cybersecurity.

Harris and Emhoff visited the Pasteur Institute to talk about COVID-19 preparedness with French and American scientists; then the Vice President paid her respects to Americans who died in the two world wars and are buried at the Suresnes American Cemetery near Paris. On November 11 she attended the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe to honor French and American soldiers who died in World War I. Harris concluded her stay with a speech at the Paris Peace Forum addressing inequality in the world, a meeting on global cybersecurity and an international conference on Libya.

Florence Gallez is an independent documentary photojournalist and black and white photographer from Brussels, Belgium, currently based in Paris. Gallez received a BA degree in English and Russian from the University of London in 1996, an MSc in journalism from Boston University in 1999, and a digital media focused MSc from MIT in 2012. She spent eight years as a Moscow-based journalist covering Russian politics, economics, society, and culture for The Moscow Times, the U.S. publisher Bureau of National Affairs (Bloomberg BNA), and most recently CNN’s Moscow Bureau. As a photographer of social documentaries, she seeks to bring more visibility to people who are in challenging situations and often not cared for by society, especially women and children. In Paris, she is also contributing local and international news and social documentaries to the French photo agency Wostok Press and Russian newsagency Sputnik/Rossiya Segodnya.

Florence Gallez




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