The French government is currently facing one of the biggest wars with its allies since the recall of its ambassadors from the United States and Australia on Friday, September 17, 2021, in response to the Security Alliance agreement that lost the Paris Agreement. Making submarines for Australia, but its reaction to its neighbors in the north was mysteriously limited.
In the context of exchanging expertise in the field of nuclear submarines, Australia signed a $ 90 billion agreement in 2016 with the French naval team to build 12 modern diesel-electric attack submarines under the name “Attack Class”.
On Wednesday, Australia announced the abrupt cancellation of the deal, which angered Elysee with unprecedented action, which led to the withdrawal of its ambassadors for consultations from Washington and Canberra. According to a report in the French newspaper Le Monde, which political analysts consider to be a “historic decision” and “above a diplomatic controversy”.
In Paris, Elysee believes Australia is the main culprit in the story of “betrayal and cover-up” between the Allies because it ended a historic agreement five years after it was signed. In addition to the decisive role played by Washington in implementing this plan, its agreement to share its nuclear technology also contributed.
“I understand the frustration of the French, but the Australians have decided to switch,” British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told the BBC.
This comes after US President Joe Biden announced at a joint conference with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, that the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom have concluded a new security alliance called “Oaks”. Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison.
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Observers said France was keen to underestimate the importance of London’s role in the alliance to supply nuclear submarines to Australia, as the French government, like its ambassadors to the United States and Australia, has not invited its ambassador to London, Catherine Colona. , Discuss and clarify termination of contract.
French diplomatic sources, citing Reuters, linked the process, which ended with the cancellation of the submarine agreement between France and Australia, “in an opportunistic manner.”
For his part, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian rejected the isolation of France in the European Union in response to the “Oaks” agreement, describing it as “I think we are not alone in this. It is not over yet.
When asked why France did not recall its ambassador to the UK, Le Trian described Britain’s role as “opportunistic” and described the country as “the fifth wheel in the wagon”.
“There is a deep sense of treason in France because it was not just an arms deal, it was France that forged a strategic alliance with Australia,” Peter Ricketts, the former foreign secretary and former British ambassador to France, told BBC Radio 4. The Australians have now got rid of it and are in talks with two NATO allies behind her, the United States and the United Kingdom.
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