According to his admission, the French foreign minister was very angry after Australia withdrew one unexpected and terminated a contract for a submarine worth $90 billion – Writes The guardian. Jean-Yves Le Drian told France Info Radio:
This is a real stab in the back. We have established cooperation with Australia on the basis of trust, and that trust has been betrayed.
Josep Borrell, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, also criticized the move, especially the fact that he only learned about it from the press. He stressed that such a move probably would not have been collected overnight, so it could have been planned for a long time, yet they were not informed of anything.
The $90 billion contract with France in 2016 appears to have been replaced by Australia with a defense pact with the United States and the United Kingdom.
This step is a failure for France, not only financially but also diplomatically. The previously launched contract was described by the foreign minister as the “decade of the century” for the French Navy’s shipyards. Jean-Yves Le Drian, after detailing how angry he was, spoke about the fact that the unilateral and unpredictable decision-making process is strongly reminiscent of the style of former US President Donald Trump. And to the journalist’s question whether he was confused about the Americans, he replied that “the analysis of the situation is correct to some extent.”
Defense pacts between Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom appear to justify growing concerns about China’s growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region. In the region, which also includes New Caledonia and French Polynesia, France is also trying to defend its interests, with about two million French citizens and more than 7,000 soldiers.
The Australian-US-British agreement was announced on Wednesday – which China considers “extremely irresponsible” slammed Otherwise, Australians would be allowed to build nuclear-powered submarines.
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