US News: new biden-macron exchange to appease Franco-American relations

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Emmanuel Macron and Joe Biden spoke on Friday by phone to flatten the Franco-American disputes after the Australian submarine crisis.

  Nouvel échange Biden-Macron pour apaiser les relations franco-américaines © Koji ITO / AP / SIPA

US President Joe Biden and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron spoke on Friday by telephone, pursuing their efforts to flatten the Franco-American disputes after the Crisis of Australian submarines, the White House confirming The next trip to Paris of Vice President Kamala Harris. The two leaders "discussed the efforts to strengthen the Europe of Defense while guaranteeing a complementarity with NATO," said a statement from the American executive, a subject that is particularly important to the French.

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Emmanuel Macron has indeed made the construction of a real European defense, a project that is struggling to grow nearly 30 years after its launch by the 1992 Maastricht Treaty, a priority of the last six months of its mandate.

Among the other subjects mentioned by the two leaders are the situation in the Sahel and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, according to the White House.

The French authorities wish "a strengthening of the American support to the anti-terrorism operations carried out by the European states in the Sahel," explained in early October a French diplomatic source to the AFP, on the occasion of the visitation of the Secretary of State US Antony Blinken in Paris.

warming phase The Friday call precedes a meeting between Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron which should take place at the G20 of Rome at the end of October and will be followed by the visit to Paris of the American Vice President Kamala Harris, confirmed by the house White and the Elysee. In a tweet, the US president said he has "appreciated" the conversation with Emmanuel Macron and "rejoice" to meet him in the Italian capital to "take stock of the many areas of cooperation" between the two countries.

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Ms. Harris and Mr. Macron "will discuss the importance of the transatlantic relationship for peace and security around the world and will insist on the importance of our partnership for planetary challenges such as CVIV-19 and the climate crisis" , said the White House. The call between the two leaders and the visit of Ms. Harris are part of a phase of warming between Paris and Washington after the crisis provoked by the mid-September announcement of a new alliance between the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom.

This partnership baptized Aukus has raised a rare anger of France because he has torpedoled a megaContrrate of French submarines with the Australians.

A first phone call between Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron, a week later, had started a relaxation. The tenant of the White House then publicly had amends the method.

and the two heads of state had launched a "in-depth consultation process" to restore hard treaty confidence between Paris and Washington.

The crisis of Australian submarines is the most serious diplomatic crisis between these two historic allies since the French "No" Iraq War in 2003.

The case has also opened a debate in France, but also In other EU countries, on the need to accelerate towards greater European defense sovereignty to get rid of the US umbrella.

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