French President Emmanuel Macron, delivers a speech during a collective award ceremony at the Elysee Palace, in Paris. RELLANDINI / various sources / AFP) (Photo by STEFANO RELLANDINI/AFP via Getty Images)

Biden concedes to President Macron in phone talks over submarine crisis

Joe Biden appeared to admit to a diplomatic mistake by excluding France from the latest maritime agreement with the U.K. and Australia. During a phone conversation with President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday, Biden reportedly admitted he should have had “open consultations” with France before announcing the pact with Britain and Australia. 

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, left, accompanied by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, second from right, and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, right, speaks at a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

Secy. of State Blinken: France is still a vital partner

The Biden administration has attempted to mend their strained relation with France after announcing a new partnership with the U.S. and Australia. On Thursday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said despite France’s exclusion from the strategic Aukus alliance, the country remains an important ally to the U.S.