France reserved as Blinken visits to patch up ties

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Paris (AFP) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will hold potentially delicate talks in Paris on Tuesday to patch up ties with France, which is still angry over the cancellation of a submarine contract. President Emmanuel Macron was furious last month when Australia scrapped a multibillion-dollar deal for French submarines, saying it would pursue US nuclear versions instead. Macron’s government called secret talks leading up to the cancellation “a stab in the back” and the French president recalled his ambassadors from Washington and Canberra. US President Joe Biden, possibly taken aback by…

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