The situation with the contract for submarines broken by Canberra speaks of a serious crisis in Paris ‘ relations with the United States and Australia, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.
“The fact that for the first time in the history of relations between the United States and France, we recall our ambassador for consultations is a serious political act that shows the strength of the crisis today between our two countries, as well as with Australia,” he said on France 2.
According to him, there was “duplicity, contempt, and lies” in the situation with the termination of the contract.
On the eve of the French ambassadors to the United States and Australia were recalled to Paris for consultations. As the media wrote, France is doing this for the first time in history.
The official representative of the National Security Council of the White House, Emily Horn, noted at the same time that the U.S. administration maintains close contact with the French authorities in France and intends to devote the next few days to resolve differences.
This week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, U.S. President Joe Biden, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the creation of a new AUUKUS partnership in the field of defense and security. Canberra also announced its withdrawal from the submarine contract with the French company Naval Group.
The agreement for 90 billion Australian dollars (56 billion euros), which was called the “contract of the century,” provided for the production of 12 Barracuda-class attack submarines. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called Australia’s decision a “stab in the back,” noting that he was “angry.” Paris is waiting for explanations from both Australia and the United States.