To put an end to the crisis between France and the United States, the American vice-president, Kamala Harris, was sent to Paris as a last resort. Washington, which regretted the tripartite deal with Australia and Great Britain which embarrassed Paris, will try to defuse tensions thanks to the vice-president.
The vice-president’s plane was to take off Monday evening at 9:30 p.m. from Washington to arrive in Paris on Tuesday morning. She is to spend a total of 5 days there to discuss the crisis caused by the breach of a major contract for French submarines by Australia for the benefit of submarines manufactured by the United States and Great Britain.
France, which was not consulted and learned the news at the last moment, took this situation very seriously. The head of French diplomacy, Jean-Yves Le Drian spoke of a “stab in the back” from allies, especially the United States.
The two countries have almost buried the hatchet, as US President Joe Biden himself admitted to making a mistake. Washington had dispatched its foreign minister Antony Blinken to Paris to reconcile the two parties, as well as White House adviser for national security Jake Sullivan.
The US president also telephoned his French counterpart to ease tensions following the revelation of the defense alliance between the three countries in the Pacific. He had also met Emmanuel Macron at the French embassy in Italy on the sidelines of the G20 summit.
For her long visit to France, the vice-president has an important program. She is to meet Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace to talk about “European security, the Indo-Pacific, global health”, according to the White House.
She must go to the American military cemetery near Paris with her husband, will participate in the commemoration of the armistice of 1918 which ended the First World War on November 11, as well as in the Peace Forum organized by the French president.
Finally, she must also participate in an international conference on Libya at a time when the general elections in the country are to take place in December and January, crucial dates for the future of the country just emerging from 10 years of post-revolution war. against Muammar Gaddafi.