Joe Biden appears to confuse Emmanuel Macron with dead former France President François Mitterrand

  • 06/02/2024

Joe Biden has been caught in another awkward gaffe, appearing to mix up France President Emmanuel Macron with one of his predecessors who died in the 1990s. 

Appearing in Nevada ahead of the state's Democratic primary, Biden took to the stage in a bid to bolster support. 

"I sat down and I said, 'America's back,'" Biden recounted about a G7 meeting in the UK 2021. "And Mitterrand from Germany - I mean from France - looked at me and said… 'Well, how long are you back for?'" 

Mitterand was the President of France 1981 and 1995 and died in 1996. 

Biden, who has a speech impediment, has been gaffe-prone since he became US President in 2020. Last year, he even had a New Zealand-related slip-up - confusing the All Blacks with the Black and Tans - a pro-UK force renowned for brutality and violence during the Irish War of Independence. 

In 2022, Biden publicly called out a politician who had died earlier that year. 

"Jackie are you here? Where's Jackie?" Biden said during a hunger conference, referring to Indiana Congresswoman Jackie Walorski. 

Republicans described the gaffe as an "awful and disgraceful blunder".