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In a stunning break with the United States’ oldest ally, France has recalled its ambassador to the US after a blowup over a new pact between the US, Great Britain, and Australia.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves LeDrain announced the move Friday night, saying it came in a request from French President Francois Macron. He cited the ‘exceptional seriousness of the announcements’ – which caught France off guard and resulted in the cancelation of multi-billion dollar contracts for Australia to build and purchase French diesel submarines for its defense. 

ATHENS, GREECE - SEPTEMBER 17: French President Emmanuel Macron delivering a statement during the EUMed9 Summit at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on September 17, 2021 in Athens, Greece. The group represents an alliance of southern European Union countries: Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

ATHENS, GREECE - SEPTEMBER 17: French President Emmanuel Macron delivering a statement during the EUMed9 Summit at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on September 17, 2021 in Athens, Greece. The group represents an alliance of southern European Union countries: Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

ATHENS, GREECE – SEPTEMBER 17: French President Emmanuel Macron delivering a statement during the EUMed9 Summit at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on September 17, 2021 in Athens, Greece. The group represents an alliance of southern European Union countries: Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

France recalls its ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia in submarine deal backlash, French foreign minister says. 

Source: Daily Mail UK

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