Offbeat Submarine case: France increased the tone to the UN, Europeans in support
France accused Biden of stabbing it in the back and behaving like Trump after he cut it from a $50 billion defense contract without notice
Australia cut France out of a deal to build its submarines after it set up a new security partnership with the US and UK.Australia cut France out of a $50 billion deal to build its submarines following the launch of a new security partnership between the UK, US, and Australia amid concerns about China's growing threat.
The case of submarines no longer ends up spaking. The Transordic Diplomatic Crisis shouts this Monday night the reunion of multilateralism at the UN: Europeans have supported France, which does not deplete against the United States, despite the attempt at appeasement by President Joe Biden.
Jean-Yves Le Drian denounced, as he has done for several days but this time on the American soil at the United Nations General Assembly standing in New York, a "brutal" decision, a "lack of consultation ", and a" breach of trust between allies ". This is similar to the "reflexes of a time that we were hoping for," he hammered in a new clear allusion to the Trump era.
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A French official told The New York Times that under the circumstances, it would be "ridiculous" to go forward with the event.A spokesman for the French embassy told Insider "the celebration of the 240th anniversary of the Battle of the Capes has been made more sober," explaining that "a reception on Friday Sept. 17 at the Residence of France, in Washington D.C., has been canceled.
France, who recalled his ambassadors to Washington and Canberra in an unprecedented gesture, remains wind against this "betrayal". She had already received in the day the support of EU leaders. The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen found "unacceptable" the way Paris was "treated" in an interview on the American CNN chain."European Action Capacity"
Foreign Ministers of the Twenty-Seven, meeting in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations Annual General Meeting, "have clearly expressed their solidarity with regard to France" , said the head of the European diplomacy Josep Borrell.
For them, the Franco-American dispute around the announcement of an Indo-Pacific Alliance between the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia "affects the entire EU" by its strategic implications, A-T -he explains.
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The President of the European Council Charles Michel also denounced a "lack of loyalty" in the United States and pleaded for the strengthening of the EU's "capacity for action" on the international scene.
Joe Biden, arrived on Monday in New York for his first United Nations General Assembly, has taken the lead by promising to reopen the American borders, closed to Europeans for more than a year due to COVID. If the decision has been made on sanitary bases, the solution found is also the result of diplomacy, slipped a senior American official, suggesting that timing was not unrelated to the transatlantic crisis.
A lot of consolation little tasted by Paris. "This is a good thing. Why are you doing so late? ", Ironized the leader of French diplomacy, Jean-Yves Le Drian, at a press conference by recalling that it was a long-standing demand from Europeans.
In New York, Joe Biden will be able to highlight America's "return" as a reliable partner with his allies abused for four years of mandate of Donald Trump. But his message has been scrambled since his announcement, on September 15, a security pact concluded with Australia and the United Kingdom to counter Beijing, nicknamed Aukus. This new partnership set fire to the transatlantic powders, because it was done in the back of the French, who lost a huge contract of submarines ordered by Canberra.
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French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the submarine deal between the U.S. and Australia is "unacceptable behavior between allies and partners."The ambassadors were recalled after Australia scrapped a deal with France for conventional submarines in favor of a nuclear submarine deal using U.S. technology, AP reported. France's foreign minister said in a statement that the behavior was "unacceptable.
London and Washington had already tried during the weekend to amader their French ally. "Our love of France is unwavering," said the Briton Boris Johnson on the plane that took him to New York.
Faced with the requests for "clarification" of Paris and Brussels, President Biden is "impatient" to speak "the way to follow" on the phone with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, who has given up at New York, Told a senior American official, confirming that the Democratic leader requested such an interview. "We understand the French position" even if "we do not share it," he added. This very expected phone call will take place "in the coming days", only said Jean-Yves Le Drian, sliding that he did not have, for his part, "planned for appointment" with the head of the American diplomacy Antony Blinken.
In fact, the American agenda appears as a summary of the Diplomatic Priorities of the White House. Joe Biden has planned to meet on Tuesday, on the sidelines of the UN meeting, that the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, before receiving the leader of the British government Boris Johnson on his return to the White House. Antony Blinken spoke on Monday with his new British counterpart Liz Truss.
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France continues to react with fury to Australia's decision to cancel a multibillion-dollar submarine contract in favour of working with the US and UK.The latest sign was a series of reports that French President Emmanuel Macron is seeking to derail a planned EU-Australia trade deal to show its displeasure.