Torpedoed alliance? US downplays rift as France recalls ambassador

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It's a little late for a phone call. And yet Joe Biden is offering to ring up Emmanuel Macron for the first time since the United States poached a multibillion-dollar submarine contract and sprang the surprise of an Australia-UK-US military alliance. Excluded are the French and their sizeable Indo-Pacific fleet. For all those stateside leaders who love Paris and refer to France as America's oldest ally, how much can the French trust Washington?

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