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Entertainment Australia breaks a € 56 billion contract of French submarines

15:05  16 september  2021
15:05  16 september  2021 Source:   nouvelobs.com

Australia to acquire nuclear submarines as part of new AUKUS defence pact

  Australia to acquire nuclear submarines as part of new AUKUS defence pact Australia, US and Britain have announced a far-reaching defence pact to counter China's growing influence in the Indo-Pacific, hailed as the most significant in decades.Australia is set to acquire its first fleet of highly prized nuclear-powered submarines as part of a historic new defence pact proposed by Scott Morrison to Joe Biden and Boris Johnson to counter China's growing influence in the Indo-Pacific.

  L’Australie rompt un contrat de 56 milliards d’euros de sous-marins français © Copyright 2021, Obs

it was to be "the contract of the century". Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed this Thursday, September 16, the breaking of the gigantic contract concluded in 2016 with France for the supply of conventional submarines, preferring to build nuclear-powered submarines using US and British technologies. .

"The decision we have made not to continue with the Attack class submarines and to take another way is not a change of opinion, it is a change of need," said Scott Morrison.

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The United States, which seek to strengthen all-round their alliances against China, announced in the wake with Australia and the United Kingdom A large security partnership in the Indo-Pacific zone, including the delivery of nuclear propulsion submarines in Canberra.

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"The first major initiative of [this new pact called]" Aukus "will be to deliver a fleet of nuclear propulsion submarines to Australia," said the leader of the Australian Government Scott Morrison, appearing in videoconference, as well as His British counterpart Boris Johnson, during an event chaired by Joe Biden at the White House.

a "shot in the back"

France, which sees a contract of 90 billion Australian dollars (56 billion euros) escape from its naval industry, immediately distributed a "regrettable decision" and "contrary to the letter and In the spirit of the cooperation that prevailed between France and Australia, "according to a joint communiqué of the Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs.

The French Naval Group had been selected in 2016 by Canberra to provide 12 conventional propulsion submarines (non-nuclear) derived from future French nuclear submarines Barracuda. In the amount of $ 50 billion (€ 31 billion) for signature, the value of this contract is currently estimated at $ 90 billion due to costing and currency effects.

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A "contract of the century" for the French defense industry now torpedo. The Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves The Drian lamented "a blow in the back" on the part of Australia. "We had established with Australia a relationship of trust, this trust is betrayed," he said on Franceinfo , called his "anger" and his "bitterness". "It's not between allies, and more when there were two years of negotiation," said the minister.

It is not sure that Paris is consoled with the conciliatory comments of Joe Biden, which assured Wednesday that the United States wanted to "work closely with France" in this very strategic area. Paris "is a key partner" of the United States, he said again.

Jean-Yves The Drian did not hide his annoyance against Joe Biden, judging the American behavior "worrying". "This unilateral, brutal, unpredictable decision is very similar to Mr. Trump," he said. The minister claimed explanations.

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Cyberfense, artificial intelligence and quantum technologies

"The United Kingdom, Australia and the United States will be linked even more closely, which reflects the degree of trust between us and the depth of our friendship," Declared British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is a certain diplomatic success in his strategy to avoid international isolation after Brexit.

"On the basis of our common history of maritime democracies, we are committed to a common ambition to support Australia in the acquisition of nuclear-powered submarines," said the three partners in a common statement, which specifies that it is a lot of propulsion, not weapon.

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"The only country with which the United States has never shared this type of nuclear propulsion technology is Great Britain" from 1958, had indicated earlier A senior head of the White House. "It's a fundamental, fundamental decision. It will link Australia, the United States and Great Britain for generations. According to this senior official, the "Aukus" pact also provides for collaboration from the three countries in terms of cyber-defense, artificial intelligence and quantum technologies.

'Deceived': France says it had assurances from Australia on day subs deal cancelled .
Australian officials had written their French counterparts to say they were "satisfied" with how a $90 billion submarine deal was progressing on the same day it was announced the deal was being cancelled, France's defence ministry claims.Herve Grandjean, a spokesman for the defence ministry, also told the ABC the French feel cheated and blindsided by the announcement.

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