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US News Lead 1-France regrets the decision of Australia to have US nuclear submarines

05:20  16 september  2021
05:20  16 september  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

Australian submarine contract. "Great disappointment" of French Naval Group

 Australian submarine contract. © Archives Ouest-France. This contract represents 50 billion Australian dollars (€ 31 billion). The decision of Australia to have nuclear propulsion submarines in partnership with the United States and the United Kingdom is a "great disappointment" for Naval Group.

US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his British counterpart Boris Johnson announced the ‘AUKUS’ initiative in a three-way virtual event on Wednesday. It is supposed to start 18-month consultations to eventually provide Australia with nuclear -powered but conventionally armed submarines Canberra’s “regrettable” decision was “contrary to the letter and the spirit of the cooperation which prevailed between France and Australia ,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said in a joint response to the AUKUS announcement.

The United States ' decision to push France aside from a deal it had signed with Australia to procure submarines shows a lack of coherence at a time the two allies are facing common challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, France said on Thursday. The United States , Britain and Australia said earlier they would establish a security partnership for the Indo-Pacific that will involve helping Australia acquire U . S . nuclear -powered submarines and scrap a multi-billion dollar French-designed submarines deal.

Australia - Security / Submarines - France (Lead 1): Lead 1-France regrets the decision of Australia to have American nuclear submarines

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Paris, September 16 (Reuters) - France took note of the decision of the Australian Government to stop the "Future" ocean class submarine program Submarine Program "(FSP) announced Thursday the French ministers of foreign affairs and armies in a joint statement.

"It is a decision contrary to the letter and the spirit of cooperation that prevailed between France and Australia", was he added in the statement.

The United States, the United Kingdom and Australia announced on Wednesday the establishment of a new security and defense partnership in which Washington and London will help Australia have propulsion submarines. nuclear.

Australia will acquire US nuclear submarines

 Australia will acquire US nuclear submarines USA-SECURITE / BIDEN - Asia (photo, TV): Australia will acquire US nuclear submarines by Trevor Hunnicutt, Nandita Bose, David Brunnstrom and Colin Packham Washington / Canberra, September 16 (Reuters) - The United States, the United Kingdom and Australia announced Wednesday the establishment of a new security and defense partnership in which Washington and London will help Australia to acquire nuclear-propulsion submarines, while China strengthens its influence in the Indo-Pacific region.

The US , UK and Australia are setting up a trilateral security partnership aimed at confronting China, which will include helping Australia to build nuclear -powered submarines . Morrison said teams from the three countries would draw up a joint plan over the coming 18 months for assembling the new Australian nuclear -powered submarine fleet, which will be built in Adelaide. The project will make Australia only the seventh country in the world to have submarines propelled by nuclear reactors.

The US , UK and Australia have announced a new military initiative, dedicated to a “free and open Indo-Pacific.” The first step of the alliance that appears aimed against China is to provide Canberra with nuclear submarines . While the US president did not mention China, all the talk about the “Indo-Pacific” made it clear who the new and improved alliance was aimed against. The UK recently joined the US in sending warships on “freedom of navigation” operations in the South China Sea, a vital maritime trade route where Beijing has claimed a series of islands and reefs.

The three leaders are committed to cooperating in this context to enable Australia to equip themselves with nuclear-propulsion submarines, better adapted to the evolution of threats in the Pacific, where China is more and more ambitious. It is a 180 degree turnaround for Australia, which had ordered two years ago to France 12 classical submarines of the Attack class, designed by Naval Group, at the end of A tight competition with the German TKMS (Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems) and the Japanese Consortium Mitsubishi / Kawasaki.

"The American choice that leads to the excitement like France with a structuring partnership with Australia, at the time we face unprecedented challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, marks a lack of consistency than France Can only see and regret, "said Jean-Yves Le Drian and Florence Parly.

The French ministers expressed the need to bring the issue of European strategic autonomy, while a joint communication on the European strategy for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region must be published Thursday.

Naval Group lasked the announcement of the partnership between Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom, sharing its "great disappointment" in a statement, reported Thursday BFM. (Report Camille Raynaud)

Crisis of Australian submarines: France has been treated "unacceptable", denounces the President of the European Commission .
"There are many outstanding questions that need to get answers," said Ursula von der Leyen In an interview with the American CNN chain. © Provided by FranceInfo The President of the European Commission denounced, Monday, September 20, the way France was treated in the Australian submarine crisis . "There are many outstanding questions that need answers," said Ursula von der Leyen in an interview with the CNN American chain, which should be broadcast in the evening.

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