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France Recalls U.S. and Australia Ambassadors Amid Row over Trilateral Nuclear Pact

HeadlineSep 20, 2021

France has recalled its ambassadors to the United States and Australia after the Biden administration said it would provide nuclear-powered submarine technology to Australia. It’s the first time since the U.S. and France became allies in 1778 that Paris has ordered its top diplomat back to France for consultations. The White House is reportedly pushing to have President Biden call French President Emmanuel Macron in the coming days to soothe strained ties. The diplomatic row followed last week’s announcement that Australia, the United Kingdom and U.S. were forming a new military alliance known as ”AUKUS.” Just ahead of the announcement, Australia canceled a $65 billion deal to purchase French-built diesel-electric submarines.

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