U.S. Spat With France Shows Challenge of Keeping Allies Unified

France stepped up its opposition to a safety agreement the U.S. crafted with Australia and the U.K., criticizing the Biden administration’s failure to continue to keep its allies apprised of sweeping international policy initiatives after the pact led to the loss of a profitable French submarine deal.

On Sunday, French Overseas Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian discussed “the strategic consequences of the present crisis” with its ambassadors from the U.S. and Australia who have been recalled for consultations. French President Emmanuel Macron is also expected to talk in the coming times with President Biden, officers from both equally international locations say, in a signal of the depth of France’s annoyance above the safety pact. Mr. Le Drian likened French anger above the safety pact to the blowback from American allies above the Biden administration’s abrupt and messy withdrawal from Afghanistan.