France recalls its ambassador to the U.S. in protest of Biden’s submarine deal with Australia.
President Emmanuel Macron of France decided to recall his country’s ambassador to the United States, according to a statement from the foreign minister.Credit...Angelos Tzortzinis/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
- Sept. 17, 2021, 3:41 p.m. ET
France announced on Friday that it is immediately recalling its ambassador to the United States, Philippe Étienne, in protest of President Biden’s announcement of an agreement to provide nuclear-powered submarines to Australia without consulting French officials.
In a statement, the French foreign minister said the decision was made by French President Emmanuel Macron.
“At the request of the President of the Republic, I have decided to immediately recall our two ambassadors to the United States and Australia to Paris for consultations,” Jean-Yves Le Drian, the foreign minister said. “This exceptional decision is justified by the exceptional gravity of the announcements made on 15 September by Australia and the United States.”
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Michael D. Shear is a veteran White House correspondent and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who was a member of team that won the Public Service Medal for Covid coverage in 2020. He is the co-author of “Border Wars: Inside Trump's Assault on Immigration.”