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French Ambassador: EU Working Toward ‘Common Action' With Biden on Iran, COVID-19

Added 01-26-21 12:34:03pm EST - “But Philippe Etienne says France won't surrender its dream of "strategic autonomy."” - Foreignpolicy.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Foreignpolicy.com: “French Ambassador: EU Working Toward ‘Common Action’ With Biden on Iran, COVID-19”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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Prior to becoming France’s ambassador to the United States in September 2019, Philippe Etienne had a distinguished career working at the most senior levels of the French government, most recently as diplomatic advisor to President Emmanuel Macron and as ambassador to Germany. He is widely considered an expert on the European Union and EU political affairs. On Monday, Etienne spoke with Foreign Policy about the degree to which trans-Atlantic relations can be repaired with the new Biden administration after the disruptions of the Trump administration. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Foreign Policy: Can you elaborate on what President Joe Biden and Macron discussed in their first talk on Sunday, especially on the issue of the Iran nuclear deal?

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