The French ambassador to the United States has returned to Washington. This happened 13 days after he was summoned to Paris for “consultations” on the Franco-American crisis.
The French embassy said Philippe Etienne landed at Washington airport on Wednesday afternoon.
The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, decided to summon him to Paris on September 17. And confirmed AFP that this is the first incident of its kind between France and the United States.
in relationships On the Paris-Washington line, a serious crisis has recently occurred due to the withdrawal of Australia from the contract for the purchase of submarines in France. In the context of strengthening cooperation with the United States of America.
On September 15, Washington, London and Canberra announced a new trilateral defense agreement between Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom, known as AUKUS. On this occasion, Canberra terminated the contract, which had been negotiated for several months with France, for the purchase of conventional submarines from the Naval Group, which amounted to 40 billion US dollars. The Australians intend to build their naval fleet on the basis of nuclear-powered submarines of American production.
The French government condemned the “stab in the back” and “brutal decision”.By comparing Biden to the Republican predecessor he criticized, Donald Trump.
Presidents Macron and Biden finally decided to start an “extensive consultation process” in a phone call on September 22To restore “trust” – reminds AFP.