Blinken tries to improve U.S.-French relations after submarine spat

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (2nd right) attends a meeting with French European and Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (3rd left) in Paris on October 5, 2021. (Photo by PATRICK SEMANSKY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (2nd right) attends a meeting with French European and Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (3rd left) in Paris on October 5, 2021. (Photo by PATRICK SEMANSKY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 5:56 PM PT – Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Joe Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken held talks with French officials in Paris in an attempt to ease the latest crisis in mutual relations. On Tuesday, Blinken spoke with French Prime Minister Jean Castex and separately with President Emmanuel Macron.

The talks come after Joe Biden derailed a French submarine sale to Australia and excluded France from an Indo-Pacific defense pact. Instead of addressing those issues directly, Blinken highlighted alleged “external threats.”

“Our democracies are being challenged by authoritarian governments that argue that their model is better at meeting people’s basic needs,” he stated. “Some of these same governments are actively seeking to undermine the rules-based order that’s been fundamental to security and prosperity, for our countries, for generations. The stakes simply could not be higher.”

Blinken and French diplomats also discussed areas of mutual cooperation going forward, but the talks have yet to produce a diplomatic breakthrough.

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