French president expected to address Australia’s annulment of €56bn submarine contract in phone call with US leader

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, was expected to speak on the phone on Wednesday with Joe Biden to demand the US president explain why he went behind France’s back to seal a security pact with Australia and the UK that voids the former‘s €56bn submarine contract with France.

The central part of the Aukus pact is the requirement for Australia to cancel its contract to buy 12 French barracuda submarines with diesel-electric propulsion. America will instead partner with Australia and the UK to build nuclear-powered submarines.

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