French President Macron Meets with Representatives of U.S. Government, Industry

Leaders celebrate 100 years of French-American military aviation cooperation.

Arlington, Va. — French President Emmanuel Macron visited the Department of Defense corral at the International Paris Airshow today to meet with U.S. government and industry representatives. His visit commemorates the 100th anniversary of U.S. entry into World War I, and celebrates the enduring military and economic alliance between France and the United States.

President of France, Emmanuel Macron meeting Dave Melcher President and CEO of AIA
Raytheon, 52nd International Paris Air Show 2017, Paris, France 19 Jun 2017 (photo courtesy of the Raytheon Company)

“We are delighted to be able to meet with President Macron and recognize the great partnership our two nations have forged since the birth of the United States,” said AIA President and CEO David F. Melcher. “We look forward to working with our French friends and colleagues for many years to come.”

In attendance from the United States were top government officials and industry representatives from companies providing platforms for display in the DOD corral, including the Boeing Company, the Raytheon Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation and Bell Helicopter.

President Macron’s visit highlights the importance of the Paris Air Show to international trade and achieving the mutual security objectives of our nations,” said AIA Chairman and Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Boeing Company, Dennis A. Muilenburg. “The spirit of cooperation demonstrated here today gives us great hope for the future.”

As the voice of American aerospace and defense, AIA plays a key role at international air shows, supporting DOD’s mission to display top-quality American platforms; serving as the convenor of choice among industry, U.S. government and foreign partners; and advocating for policies that support our nation’s security cooperation objectives and free and fair trade.