Jill Biden watches Olympic basketball with France's Macron

Jill Biden watches Olympic basketball with France's Macron
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First lady Jill BidenJill BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble Biden to host Quad leaders in sign of refocused Asia policy First Lady visits schools to discuss COVID-19 MORE on Saturday joined French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronEU 'denounces' Russian malicious cyber activity aimed at member states French diplomat says 'time and actions' needed to restore ties with US France to bill Australia over canceled submarine deal MORE to watch their women’s basketball teams participate in a 3-on-3 game in Tokyo for the event’s Olympic debut. 

Macron was pictured sitting in the third row courtside, where he was briefly greeted by Biden before the first lady sat in a row behind him due to social distancing rules during the games, Reuters reported

The two wore face masks as they cheered on the U.S. and French delegations, with the American women eventually coming out victorious with a 17-10 win over the No. 1-ranked French team. 


The 3-on-3 basketball game is played on a half court with three players on each side, with the teams aiming to be the first to reach 21 points or make the most baskets by the end of a 10-minute period. 

The final medal matches for the event are scheduled for Wednesday, following a tournament of eight teams each for both men and women. 

Both Biden and Macron attended the opening ceremony for the games Friday evening, and the first lady earlier Saturday went to a U.S. versus Mexico women’s softball game watch party at the U.S. ambassador’s residence. 

The Associated Press reported that Biden while at the event thanked foreign service officers and their families for their work, and also apologized for not being able to offer food due to COVID-19 safety restrictions. 

The U.S. won the softball game 2-0, according to the AP. 

Biden on Friday led the U.S. delegation to the games’ opening ceremony, which honored athletes who trained in isolation during the pandemic, as well as the people who have died from COVID-19 across the globe. 


In an open letter published by NBC News on Friday ahead of the ceremony, Biden commended Team USA for bringing “us together in a way that little else can.” 

“You remind us that with dedication, hard work, courage and teamwork, incredible things are possible,” she wrote. 

She also met virtually with members of Team USA ahead of the opening ceremony, telling athletes, “Congratulations. Becoming an Olympian is a rare accomplishment in a normal time. But you did it during a global pandemic.” 

The Tokyo Olympics, which were postponed from last year due to the pandemic, remain under strict health and safety protocols, with no spectators allowed at most venues after the Japanese government imposed a state of emergency in Tokyo.