Biden call with France's Macron 'friendly' -Psaki

The U.S. and French presidents moved to mend ties on Wednesday, with France agreeing to send its ambassador back to Washington and the White House saying it had erred in cutting a deal for Australia to buy U.S. instead of French submarines without consulting Paris.

In a joint statement issued after U.S. President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by telephone, the two leaders agreed to launch in-depth consultations to rebuild trust, and to meet in Europe at the end of October.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki described the Biden-Macron call as friendly and struck a hopeful note about repairing ties.

"We’re hopeful and the president is hopeful that this is a step in returning to normal in a long important abiding relationship," Psaki told reporters.

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