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 says he is expecting “clarifications” and “commitments” in a phone call with President BidenJoe BidenPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks State school board leaves national association saying they called parents domestic terrorists Sunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases MORE on Wednesday after the U.S. forged a defense pact with Australia and the United Kingdom that resulted in the cancellation of a submarine contract with France.
In a statement, Macron’s office said the call with Biden will address the “crisis of trust” that led to stark backlash from France, The Associated Press reported.
The statement said Macron expects “clarifications on the American choice to keep a European ally away from key exchanges on an Indo-Pacific cooperation.”
The call on Wednesday comes roughly a week after the U.S., United Kingdom and Australia announced a partnership to help Australia acquire nuclear-power submarines.
The deal sparked backlash from France, which had a separate, multibillion defense deal with Australia. France cancelled a planned gala in Washington, D.C., and recalled its ambassador to the U.S.
The White House said Monday that the president was seeking the call to smooth over tensions, though it wasn’t exactly clear when it would occur.
Macron’s office said that France wants the U.S. to acknowledge that talks should have been held before the trilateral deal was made, AP reported. The statement said it was a “matter of trust about which we need to draw together all the consequences.”
France also wants the U.S. to reaffirm the “common commitment in the fight against terrorism,” according to the news service.
Despite France’s criticisms, the U.S. has said there are no plans to back down from the deal.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also dismissed France’s criticisms of the deal on Wednesday, telling reporters in Washington, D.C., that it was time for the French to “prenez un grip [get a grip] about all this. Donnez-moi un break [give me a break].”