French President Emmanuel Macron has regained his poise after the shock decision by Australia to dump a large and valuable submarine contract with France and go instead for an offer of nuclear submarines and a broader military alliance with the United States and Britain.
France's accusations of betrayal have largely subsided. The French ambassador to the US - recalled home "for consultation", a relatively rare diplomatic move signifying serious displeasure - has been ordered to return to Washington. Mr Macron had an apparently friendly phone conversation with President Joe Biden. And he even managed to squeeze in a brief if frosty conversation with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the leader of a country for which French officials have expressed only disdain.
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