France is furious at Australia’s submarine deal with US and UK


by Karen Faulkner, Worthy Correspondent

(Worthy News) – has reacted angrily to ’s announcement Wednesday that it will be working with the US and the to acquire -powered submarines for use by the Australian navy, the Times reports.

French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Australia had betrayed France’s trust by suddenly canceling a $90 billion submarine contract to partner with and America instead.

Discussing Australia’s partnership with the US and the UK during an interview with Franceinfo radio, Le Drian said Thursday: “It’s a stab in the back. We had established a trusting relationship with Australia, and this trust was betrayed.”

Australia’s new deal was agreed by US President Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in a partnership to be known as AUKUS, the Times said.

The submarines that the US and the UK will help Australia to acquire will be nuclear-powered, but not nuclear-armed. However, the deal will shore up Australia’s defense in response to the increased threat to democratic countries by .

In a video conference with Johnson and Morris, President Biden emphasized the importance of France as an ally, the Times reported.

“France, in particular, already has a substantial Indo-Pacific presence and is a key partner and ally in strengthening the and prosperity of the region,” Biden said. “The looks forward to working closely with France and other key countries as we go forward.”

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