Macron, Biden agree to soothe tensions after submarine row

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Paris (AFP) – US President Joe Biden and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron spoke for the first time on Wednesday since a row erupted over the sale of submarines to Australia, vowing to restore confidence damaged by what Paris saw as betrayal. Macron was left furious by Australia’s decision last week to ditch a 2016 deal to buy diesel submarines from France in favour of nuclear-powered ones from the United States and Britain, which had been secretly negotiated. In a joint statement issued after the call, the leaders vowed to launch a process of “in-depth consultations… for ensuring confi…

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