The announcement came after Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison rejected French accusations that Canberra had lied about plans to cancel the contract to buy French submarines, saying he had raised concerns over the deal "some months ago."
Macron will ask the US president for "clarification" after the announcement of a US-Australian-British defense pact that prompted Canberra's cancellation of the huge contract for French diesel-electric vessels.
French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune has hinted that the row could affect Australia's chances of progress towards a trade pact with the EU, which is its third-biggest trading partner.
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