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U.S. Seeks to Make Up With France Ahead of Blinken Trip to Paris

  • Could have consulted better on Australia subs deal: Donfried
  • Secretary of state in latest effort to soothe French anger
Antony Blinken

Antony Blinken

Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg

A top State Department official offered effusive praise of France and underscored the U.S. commitment to its oldest ally as the Biden administration looks to soothe French anger over a defense pact with Australia and the U.K. that blindsided Paris.

Assistant Secretary of State Karen Donfried acknowledged the U.S. could have done a better job handling the announcement of the defense pact, known as AUKUS, that involved Australia scrapping a multibillion-dollar submarine contract with France. The deal led President Emmanuel Macron to recall his ambassador to Washington for the first time ever.