After Australia abandoned a contract for French submarines in favor of the United States, the French president and his American counterpart decided to launch consultations to promote “confidence” between Paris and Washington.
This September 22, almost a week after the snub for Paris that constitutes the abandonment by Australia of a huge contract for the sale of French submarines – due to the formation of a strategic partnership between the States – United, Australia and United Kingdom – Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone with his counterpart Joe Biden.
According to an account of the conversation delivered by the Elysee Palace, the two heads of state agreed to launch “in-depth consultations” to put in place “the conditions guaranteeing confidence” between France and the United States in order to ” achieve their “common goals”.
In the wake of the statements of the Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly a little earlier in the day, Emmanuel Macron and Joe Biden considered that the situation was above all due to a lack of dialogue between allies: “They agreed that open consultations between allies on questions of strategic interest for France and the European partners would have made it possible to avoid this situation. ”
The two heads of state announced that they would meet in Europe at the end of October to “reach points of agreement and keep this process dynamic”. A sign that Paris does not intend to hold on to the incident in Washington, Emmanuel Macron has decided that the French ambassador to the United States Philippe Etienne will return to the American capital as of next week.