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French Envoy Says ‘a Lot of Work’ Remains to Repair U.S. Ties

  • Biden, Macron ‘must’ meet at the end of October, Etienne says
  • U.S.-U.K.-Australia agreement scuttled $66 billion French deal
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WATCH: French Ambassador Philippe Etienne discusses his nation’s relationship with the U.S. (Source: Bloomberg)

French Ambassador Philippe Etienne said there’s still “a lot of work to do” to patch up ties with the U.S., even after a series of high-level visits between officials of the two countries, as the allies try to move past a rift that opened over an American defense agreement with Australia and the U.K.

The two sides have started an “in-depth consultation process” that has involved “very, very substantial meetings,” which will be continued with a meeting between Presidents Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron later this month, Etienne said in an interview with Bloomberg Television on Tuesday.