Macron to meet with US President Biden – French government spokesperson


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French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a statement at the 8th MED7 Mediterranean Summit in Athens, Greece, September 17, 2021. REUTERS / Costas Baltas

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PARIS, Sept. 19 (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron will have a telephone interview with US President Joe Biden in the coming days, the French government spokesman said on Sunday, amid a diplomatic crisis triggered by the cancellation by Australia of the submarine contract with Paris.

France announced on Friday that it was recalling its ambassadors in Washington and Canberra over a trilateral security deal also involving Britain that sank the multibillion-dollar order for French submarines. Read more

“President Biden has asked to speak to the President of the Republic and there will be a telephone interview in the coming days between President Macron and President Biden,” Gabriel Attal told news channel BFM TV.

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France would seek “clarification” on the cancellation of an order for submarines, Attal said.

The breach of the contract, struck in 2016, was all the rage in Paris, which claims not to have been consulted by its allies. The Australian government, however, says it has voiced its concerns for months. Read more

After the initial “shock” of the cancellation, discussions are expected to take place on the terms of the contract, including compensation for the French side, Attal added.

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Report by Gus Trompiz; Editing by Alexander Smith and Toby Chopra

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