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Blinken meets with French officials to repair ties after AUKUS rift

Secretary of State Antony Blinken is meeting with French officials in an effort to repair ties between the two nations after France slammed the United States for its nuclear submarine deal with Australia and the United Kingdom last month that cut France out.

Blinken arrived in Paris on Monday night ahead of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Ministerial Council Meeting, where he gave the keynote address. 

Shortly before the meeting, Blinken met with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who initially criticized the US and Australia for the new partnership in September and called it a “stab in the back.” 

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