French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronFrench ambassador to Australia blasts sub deal with US: 'Way you treat your allies does resonate' America's subplot and Europe caught in the undertow UN agency to pay salaries of Afghan health care workers MORE is expected to speak with President BidenJoe Biden White House: US has donated 200 million COVID-19 vaccines around the world Police recommend charges against four over Sinema bathroom protest K Street revenues boom MORE in the next few days about the submarine deal the U.S. and U.K. made with Australia in an apparent snub to France.
Gabriel Attal, a French government spokesperson, said on Sunday that Macron would seek "clarification" from Biden regarding the cancellation of France's submarine deal with Australia, according to Reuters.
"President Biden asked to speak to the President of the Republic and there will be a telephone discussion in the next few days between President Macron and President Biden," Attal said.
According to White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiRegional powers rally behind Taliban's request for humanitarian aid Cawthorn, Lee introduce bills banning interstate travel vaccine mandate Biden, Democrats risk everything unless they follow the Clinton pivot (they won't) MORE, Australia decided to abandon the 2016 deal it had struck with France for diesel-electric submarines and instead seek to acquire nuclear-powered submarines.
Australia will acquire at least eight nuclear submarines in the trilateral deal between Canberra, the U.K and the U.S.
“This brutal, unilateral and unpredictable decision reminds me a lot of what Mr. Trump used to do," French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said of the deal. "I am angry and bitter. This isn't done between allies.”
On Sunday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stood by his country's decision on acquiring new submarines, Reuters noted.
"I don't regret the decision to put Australia's national interest first," Morrison said. "This is an issue that had been raised by me directly some months ago and we continued to talk those issues through, including by defense ministers and others."