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World France recalls ambassadors to US, Australia over submarine deal

00:35  18 september  2021
00:35  18 september  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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The move came after Australia on Thursday broke off a submarine deal worth at least billion (€34 billion) with France to build diesel-electric submarines to instead buy nuclear-powered ones from the US . What did France say? In a written statement, Le Drian emphasized the French decision "is Macron has not commented on the issue since US President Joe Biden made the announcement Wednesday. The recalling of France 's ambassadors to the US and Australia , close allies, is unprecedented. The French Embassy in Washington also called off a gala to celebrate bilateral ties at

The move came after Australia broke off a submarine deal with France to buy nuclear-powered subs from the US . The French government on Friday announced it would recall its envoys from the US and Australia . French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the decision was requested by French President Emmanuel Macron.

WASHINGTON – France recalled its ambassadors to the United States and Australia on Friday in a growing protest over the Biden administration's decision to help Australia develop a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.

Philippe Étienne, France's ambassador to the United States, and his counterpart in Australia were recalled to Paris "for consultations" at the request of French President Emmanuel Macron, said Jean-Yves Le Drian, France's minister for Europe and foreign affairs.

"This extraordinary decision reflects the exceptional seriousness of the announcements made on September 15 by Australia and the United States," Le Drian said in a statement.

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France has recalled its ambassadors to the United States and Australia for consultations, in a backlash over a submarine deal . Australia on Wednesday cancelled a multibillion-dollar deal for conventional French submarines to enter a strategic Indo-Pacific alliance with the United States and Britain in which it will obtain US nuclear-powered submarines . Calling the cancellation “unacceptable behaviour”, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement on Friday the decision to recall the envoys, on request from President Emmanuel Macron, “is justified by the exceptional seriousness of

France recalls its ambassadors to the U . S . and Australia to protest Biden’s submarine deal . President Emmanuel Macron of France decided to recall his country’s ambassador to the United States , according to a statement from the foreign minister.Credit Angelos He said the U . S .- Australia partnership, which will result in the abandonment of a previous submarine agreement between Australia and France , constitutes “unacceptable behavior between allies and partners, the consequences of which affect the very conception we have of our alliances, our partnerships and the

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The decision follows an announcement on Wednesday that the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom are entering into a new partnership that will allow the three countries to share artificial intelligence, undersea capabilities and other advanced technologies.

a group of people standing in front of a large crowd of people: French flags fly. © Thibault Camus, AP French flags fly.

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Part of the agreement, which is meant to counter growing Chinese military aggression in the Indo-Pacific, will involve the United States helping Australia develop a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.

In light of its deal with the U.S., Australia has cancelled a submarine contract it had with the French, which various media reports have estimated to be worth between $50 billion and $90 billion. One Australian outlet had dubbed it the "contract of the century."

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France said on Friday it had decided to recall its ambassadors in the United States and Australia for consultations after Australia struck a deal with the United States and Britain which ended a billion French-designed submarine deal .

France recalls its ambassador to protest the Biden administration’s deal to provide nuclear submarines to Australia . The cancellation of the Attack class submarine program binding Australia and France since 2016, and the announcement of a new partnership with the United States meant to launch studies on a possible future cooperation on nuclear-powered submarines , constitute unacceptable behavior between allies and partners, whose consequences directly affect the vision we have of our alliances, of our partnerships and of the importance.

Announcement of the partnership infuriated France, which said it had been shut out of the talks.

In Friday's statement, Le Drian said the new security partnership and Australia's decision to abandon its submarine deal with France "constitute unacceptable behavior among allies and partners."

"Their consequences affect the very concept we have of our alliances, our partnerships, and the importance of the Indo-Pacific for Europe," he said.

Macron has not commented publicly on the disagreement.

Friday's announcement that France was recalling its ambassadors marked its second act of protest against the submarine deal.

On Thursday, the French cancelled an embassy soiree that had been scheduled to take place Friday at the ambassador's residence in Washington to celebrate the U.S.-French alliance dating back to the American Revolutionary War.

The event was to mark the 240th anniversary of the "Battle of the Capes," a French naval victory over England near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. An embassy official said other parts of the annual celebration would still occur, including a wreath-laying ceremony on Saturday in Annapolis and the arrival of a French destroyer in Baltimore's harbor on Monday.

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France on Friday said it was immediately recalling its ambassadors to the US and Australia for consultations after Australia struck a deal with the US and UK, which ended a billion French-designe… President Emmanuel Macron made the exceptional decision due to the “gravity of the announcements on September 15 by Australia and the United States ”, said French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in a statement. The rare diplomatic backlash against France ’s allies came two days after Australia announced the scrapping of a major purchase of French conventional submarines in

French President Emmanuel Macron directed that France recall its ambassadors to the United States and Australia after Australia scrapped a purchase of French diesel-powered submarines in favour of nuclear subs built with US technology. French foreign minister says move comes at the direction of French President Emmanuel Macron. The response is to a security pact that includes nuclear submarines , nullifying Canberra’s commitment to buy diesel-powered vessels from France .

The Biden administration attempted to smooth over the transcontinental contretemps on Thursday, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken calling France "a vital partner" on many issues, stretching back generations.

Blinken and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki both said the U.S. had notified French officials of the submarine deal before it was announced.

Michael Collins covers the White House. Follow him on Twitter @mcollinsNEWS.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: France recalls ambassadors to US, Australia over submarine deal

France is escalating its disputes with Australia and the US, seeking to derail EU trade talks with both after being dumped from a submarine contract .
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.

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