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Biden requests phone call with Macron over submarine deal - France

PARIS, Sept 19 (KUNA) -- France on Sunday said US President Joe Biden has requested to speak with President Emmanuel Macron over the phone, in the wake of Paris losing a multi-billion dollar submarine deal with Australia in favor of one with Washington and Britain.
"President Biden asked to speak to the President of the Republic and there will be a telephone discussion in the next few days between President Macron and President Biden," the French government's spokesman Gabriel Attal told news channel BFM TV.
France will be seeking "clarification" over the cancellation of the submarine order, he added.
Paris has recalled its ambassadors to the US and Australia over the incident, saying it has caused a "crisis" in relations. (end) mao.nam