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Biden to call Macron over submarine deal

French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to hold a call with US President Joe Biden in the next few days amid a diplomatic crisis triggered by Australia's cancellation of a submarine contract.

France recalled its ambassadors from Washington and Canberra over a trilateral security deal also involving Britain which sank the multibillion dollar Australian order for French submarines.

"President Biden asked to speak to the president of the Republic and there will be a telephone discussion in the next few days between President Macron and President Biden," French government spokesman Gabriel Attal told news channel BFM TV.

France would be seeking "clarification" over the cancellation of a submarine order, Attal said.

The scrapping of the contract, struck in 2016, has caused fury in Paris, which claims not to have been consulted by its allies. The Australian government, however, says it had made clear its concerns for months.

After the initial "shock" of the cancellation, discussions would need to take place over contract clauses, notably compensation for the French side, Attal added.

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