Macron remained furious in September when Australia dropped a deal to buy submarines from France in favor of US nuclear-powered versions, a deal which was secretly negotiated.
After weeks of anger in Paris, Macron held face-to-face talks with US President Joe Biden in Rome on October 29.
“I have to say that we had a fruitful meeting in Rome a few days ago with President Biden, who paved the way for the coming weeks, months and, I must say, the coming years,” Macron told Harris.
Opposite each other at a table at the Elysee Palace in the French capital, Macron warmly thanked Harris for her four-day presence in Paris – a long journey billed as a fence-fixing exercise in Washington.
“We share the view that we are at the beginning of a new era. “Our collaboration is absolutely critical for this era,” Macron added in English, his voice affected by a sore throat.
The latest comment on the “cooperation” was a reminder of France’s desire to work closely with the United States on a range of issues from climate change in the Indo-Pacific region, where China’s rise is a cause for mutual concern.
French officials have described their sense of betrayal over the submarine deal, which has been dubbed a “knife in the back” and seen as an obstacle to efforts to rebuild ties after years of tension under former President Donald Trump.
“I believe, and we share this belief, that we are at the beginning of a new era which presents us with many challenges, but also many opportunities,” he told Harris Macron, adding that “when France and the United States have worked for challenges and opportunities in the past we have always found great success ”.
“Based on the excellent conversation you and President Biden had, I look forward to the next few days where we will continue to work together and renew the focus we have always had on the partnership,” Harris added.
Biden had also sought to rectify the submarine dispute at his meeting with Macron last month, telling the French leader that his government had been “clumsy” in how it secured the submarine deal with Australia in partnership with Britain.
France temporarily withdrew its ambassadors to Washington and Canberra following the announcement of the agreement on 15 September.
The outrage in Paris came not only from the loss of the deal – worth $ 50 billion ($ 31 billion, $ 36.5 billion) in 2016 – but also from the destruction of an alliance that she saw as a cornerstone of her security strategy. Indo-Pacific.
Harris is also scheduled to attend a peace forum with other world leaders on Thursday and an international conference on Libya on Friday.
She said talks with Macron would see them discuss the Covid-19 pandemic, research, space, climate change and the global economy.
During a tour Tuesday at the famous Pasteur Institute in Paris, where Harris’s mother conducted cancer research in the 1980s, the vice president was asked about the latest difficulties in Franco-American ties.
She compared politics to research as well as cooking, and suggested that this involved ongoing research for improvement.
“There will be defects and there will be mistakes,” she said. “If you do not make the same mistake twice, this is a good process and we should encourage it.”
Arriving on Tuesday, she said she was “waiting for many, many days of productive discussions that strengthened the strength of our relationship.”