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France Recalls Ambassador to U.S. for First Time Over Subs

  • Envoy to Australia also recalled amid ‘duplicity’ accusation
  • U.S.-Australia agreement is a blow to French President Macron
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France recalled its ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia in a diplomatic slap intended to convey its anger over a deal forged in secrecy that saw Paris lose a multibillion-dollar submarine contract.

While France and the U.S. have at times been at odds on global affairs, including over the Iraq War in 2003, Paris has never gone so far as to remove its envoy to Washington, according to senior French diplomats who declined to speculate how long the envoys would be gone.