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US News Washington attempts to appease the IRE of Paris in the Australian submarine case

02:50  17 september  2021
02:50  17 september  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

South Korea launched its first Miss-Sol Ballistic Miss

 South Korea launched its first Miss-Sol Ballistic Miss This shot illustrates Seoul's willingness to strengthen its defense against North Korea with nuclear power © AFP a North Korean missile shot at the South Korean television in Seoul, October 2, 2019.

French officials in Washington said the Biden administration blindsided France and accused top American officials of hiding information about the deal despite repeated attempts by French diplomats, who suspected that something was in the works, to learn more. The French officials said that the move by Mr. Biden on the submarine deal, along with his lack of consultation on the withdrawal from Afghanistan, will accelerate France’s move toward European sovereignty that relies less on the United States in the future.

Paris , however, directed the bulk of its fury at Washington . “The American decision, which leads to the exclusion of a European ally and partner like France from a crucial partnership with Australia at a time when we are facing unprecedented challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, be it over our On Thursday, Australian Defence Minister Peter Dutton said it was military officials who advised the government to seek nuclear-powered submarines for long-term capabilities. “ In the end, the decision that we have made is based on what is in the best interest of our national security and the prevailing security and

  Washington tente d'apaiser l'ire de Paris dans l'affaire des sous-marins australiens © AFP / Archives

a ccused by France from giving her a "blow in the back" by torpedening the "contract of the "French submarines to Australia, the United States of Joe Biden tried Thursday to avoid an open crisis with Paris, without succeeding in soothing his anger.

"France is a vital partner" in the Indo-Pacific region "and in many other areas," said American diplomacy Antony Blinken. "It was the case for a long time, and it will be the case in the future," he said.

At the origin of the fire in the French-French relations, the new "Indo-Pacific Alliance" announced Wednesday by President Biden, with the United Kingdom and Australia.

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.

Australia broke the “contract of the century” with the French naval group and turned to help nuclear expertise in the US and Britain. “A historic step”, In keeping with Joe Biden. Its first translation ought to enable Australia to realize an enormous technological and navy leap to construct nuclear-powered submarines . This leap means the uncommon sharing of American expertise, however it additionally implies that France has given up very painfully: 12 typical propulsion submarines , which have been delivered inside the framework of intergovernmental agreements and industrial contracts.

France has described Australia 's decision to abruptly end a submarine contract as a "stab in the back." PARIS , FRANCE - JUNE 15: French President Emmanuel Macron (R) welcomes Australian Prime Minister, Scott The French Embassy in Washington also canceled a gala at their sprawling compound over frustration However, these words are unlikely to appease the ill feelings in France.

This strategic partnership called "Aukus", clearly devolved in countering the growing ambitions of China in the region, includes the supply of American nuclear propulsion submarines in Canberra - and comes out the French of the game.

"bitterness "

The French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves The Drian did not have any words hard to evoke his" anger "and his" bitterness "after this" unilateral, brutal, unpredictable decision ".

denouncing a "blow in the back", he compared Thursday the biden method "to what" his predecessor Donald Trump - an affront for the Democratic President anxious to stand out from the Republican billionaire.

"It's not between allies," Hammered the French manager, who had negotiated the "contract of the century" when he was Minister of Defense in 2016.

Submarines: France cancels a ceremony at Washington

 Submarines: France cancels a ceremony at Washington © Arnaud Beinat / Maxppp Submarines L Es French authorities canceled a planned gala evening Friday in Washington, confirmed Thursday to the Agence France- Press A responsible under the cover of anonymity, after the rupture of the "century contract" of supply of French submarines to the Australia , which generated a transatlantic crisis.

"A knife in the back," Le Drian said of Australia 's decision to sidestep the contract with the Naval Group. The new so-called AUKUS mission will see the three countries work collectively to strengthen one another's ability to back security and defense interests while also arming Australia with a nuclear-powered submarine fleet and tomahawk missiles. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison earlier told reporters that the nation could see the new submarine fleet " in the water" sometime within the next ten years.

It's also raised the ire of the French government, after the countries revealed the U.S. and U.K. would help Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines . Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. In France, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Defense Minister Florence Parly said in a joint statement: "The American choice to push aside a European ally and partner like France from a structural partnership with Australia at a time we are facing unprecedented challenges in the Indo-Pacific region shows a lack of coherence that France can only acknowledge and regret.

This gigantic contract of $ 90 billion (56 billion euros) provided for the provision of 12 French submarines with conventional propulsion to Australia. As part of the new partnership between Washington, London and Canberra, Australia has broken this agreement and will eventually benefit from nuclear-propulsion submarines proposed by its Anglo-Saxon allies.

"The French had a version that was not greater than that used by the United States and the United Kingdom, and in the end, our decision was based on what is in the interest of Our national security ", justified Thursday the Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton, during a visit to Washington.

At its side, the cataff of Australian diplomacy Marise Payne felt that "the United States leadership in the Indo-Pacific" remained "indispensable".

Beyond the trade issues, Paris denounces the absence of consultation, especially since this case comes after the American withdrawal from Afghanistan which has left traces with the United States allies whose positions do not have Really weighed in Joe Biden's decision.

Faced with China's critics, Australia says Defend International Law

 Faced with China's critics, Australia says Defend International Law © AFP Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (left), and Chinese President Xi Jinping (right). The Australian Prime Minister explained Friday that the military alliance with the United States and the United Kingdom aimed to respond to the current situation in the Asia-Pacific region, where the territories are increasingly disputed and where the Rivalry with China intensifies.

‘Stab in the back’. Two weeks ago, the Australian defence and foreign ministers had reconfirmed to Paris the 2016 deal with French shipbuilder Naval Group to replace France’s more than two-decades-old Collins submarines . French President Emmanuel Macron also lauded decades of future cooperation when hosting Australian Ties between Paris and Washington soured during Trump’s presidency, and diplomats say there have been concerns in recent months that Biden is not being forthright with his European allies. The deal with Australia is likely to further strain Transatlantic ties.

A gala intended to be held at the French embassy in Washington , DC, has been cancelled in the wake of the US' new defense initiative with the UK and Australia , it was revealed on Thursday.The event, which was intended to commemorate the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Capes, was expected to A portion of the event was also meant to be held in the Maryland port city of Baltimore, aboard a French Frigate.An unidentified official who spoke with the New York Times for a Thursday story confirmed that the gala would not be held, and that France's top naval officer would be returning to Paris .

The Europeans now have a "fairly clear" idea of ​​how Washington considers its allies, summed up a source close to the file in Paris.

GALA Canceled

Sign of a crisis that persists, French and Americans returned the ball throughout the day.

"We have been in contact with our French counterparts in the last 24 to 48 hours to discuss Aukus, including before the announcement," assured Antony Blinken.

But France denied firmly having been warned upstream, and even less consulted.

"We were not informed of this project before the publication of the first information in the American and Australian press", Wednesday, responded to AFP the spokesman for the French Embassy in Washington, Pascal Confavreux .

and despite the soothing words of the US Secretary of State, the French authorities canceled a planned gala evening at the residence of the Ambassador of France in the American capital. This reception had to celebrate the anniversary of a decisive naval battle of the United States' independence war, concluded by a victory of the French fleet on the British fleet, on September 5, 1781.

This spectacular rupture throws a cold between Paris and Washington, while Joe Biden was supposed to embody an embellished in the transatlantic relationship after four years of trumpistic brutality.

"It is certain that we have a small diplomatic crisis on the table", summarizes Anne Cizel, American foreign policy specialist at the Parisian University of the Sorbonne.

"The United States sends a slightly curious signal in that they demand a (military) presence of their European allies in the Indo-Pacific and at the same time are positioned in first competitors of submarine sales. French ", she summarizes.

16/09/2021 22:07:29 - Washington (AFP) - © 2021 AFP

After the telephone interview between biden and macron, promises to concretize .
American and French presidents published joint communicated to revive the transatlantic relationship following the Australian submarine crisis. The real test will be the implementation of the tracks mentioned. Editorial of the "World". The war ax is buried - at least with Washington.

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