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France recalls ambassadors to Australia and the U.S. amid fallout over the submarine deal

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, British Premier Minister Boris Johnson, and U.S. President Joe Biden stated in a statement that their partnership was “guided by the shared ideals and commitment to the international rules-based order.”

Le Drian, who criticized the actions of the three anglophone nations as “a stab at the back” on Thursday, said that the unilateral, brutal, and unpredictable decision was very similar to Trump’s.

After signing a deal to provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines, French president Emmanuel Macron ordered the recall of the ambassador of the country to Australia and the U.S.

Jean-Yves Le Drian (Minister for Europe, Foreign Affairs) said that President Macron asked me to recall our ambassadors to Australia and the United States to Paris immediately for consultations. “This extraordinary decision is a reflection of the extraordinary seriousness of the September 15 announcements by Australia and the United States.”

Le Drian continued, “This extraordinary decision is justified in the exceptional seriousness announced on September 15 by Australia and the United States.”

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French officials criticized “unacceptable behavior between allies, partners, which has consequences for the very conception we have about our alliances and our partnerships, and the importance the Indo-Pacific is for Europe.”

Washington, Canberra, and London announced Wednesday the security pact “AUKUS.”

Although no mention was made by any of the three governments about China, it is widely believed that the new partnership is an attempt to counter Beijing’s assertiveness within the region.

It intends to strengthen diplomatic, security, and defense cooperation between the three capitals, with enhanced capabilities and interoperability on cyber, artificial intelligence, and quantum technologies.

The statement stated, “The abandonment by Australia and France of their ocean-class submarine project and the announcement of a new partnership between the United States aimed to study the possibility of future cooperation in nuclear-powered submarines constitute unacceptable behavior among allies and partner; they affect the very concept that we have of alliances, partnerships, and the importance the Indo-Pacific is for Europe.”

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, British Premier Minister Boris Johnson, and U.S. President Joe Biden stated that their partnership was “guided by the shared ideals and commitment to the international rules-based order.”

Le Drian, who criticized the actions of the three anglophone nations as “a stab at the back” on Thursday, said that the unilateral, brutal, and unpredictable decision was very similar to Trump’s.