US-France talks after Aussie sub snub

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French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will hold talks with United States' Secretary of State Antony Blinken with the aim of restoring confidence between the two countries.

The pair will meet on October 5 to discuss the fallout following the announcement of a new Indo-Pacific security initiative between the US, the United Kingdom and Australia, known as AUKUS.

Diplomatic relations between the United States and France hit a low point last month, after Australia cancelled a multi-billion dollar deal for French-designed submarines to instead build at least eight nuclear-powered subs using US and British technology.

In retaliation, France briefly withdrew its ambassador to the United States, although veteran diplomat Philippe Etienne has since returned to Washington.

US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron have also held talks since the row over broke out, and have pledged to begin "in-depth consultations" on the two countries' relations.

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