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France Recalls Ambassadors to U.S., Australia Over Submarine Deal

France Recalls Ambassadors to U.S., Australia Over Submarine Deal

WASHINGTON–France has recalled its ambassadors to Washington and Canberra in response to a new deal among the U.S., U.K. and Australia to provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarine technology, the French foreign minister said, in an unprecedented diplomatic rift among close allies.

French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stated that he had recalled Philippe Etienne, from Washington, and Jean-Pierre Thebault, from Canberra to consult on instructions by French President Emmanuel Macron. This decision was “justified” by the extraordinary gravity of this week’s announcement of the trilateral pact between the three English-speaking allies .

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