The US Senate on Saturday confirmed veteran diplomat Denise Campbell Bauer as the country’s next ambassador to France and Monaco.

Ms Bauer, 57, served as the US ambassador to Belgium between 2013 and 2017.

Her confirmation comes as Washington tries to improve relations with Paris after a bitter row over a scrapped submarine deal between France and Australia.

When announcing Ms Bauer’s nomination earlier this summer, the White House praised her “collaborative leadership style, high ethics standards, and crisis management skills.”

A former journalist, Ms Bauer took an active part in Barack Obama’s two presidential campaigns.

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