French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced, Friday evening, that his country would immediately recall its ambassadors from the United States and Australia for consultations. France is responding to a new strategic cooperation between the United States, Britain and Australia, as a result of which Canberra has canceled a multi-billion dollar contract to buy French submarines, the Associated Press and AFP report.
According to Agence France-Presse, this is the first time in history that France has taken such a step in the case of these two countries, which belong to its traditional allies.
Le Drian justified this “exceptional decision”, which he took at the request of President Emmanuel Macron, with the very seriousness of the declarations made by Australia and the United States.
France on Thursday criticized Australia’s abrupt decision to scrap the “Century Treaty” to supply France with conventional submarines, opting instead to build nuclear-powered submarines using US and British technology.
Britain, the United States and Australia announced on Wednesday that they have signed a security agreement on sharing advanced defense technologies in a bid to counter China. This partnership will allow Australia to build nuclear-powered submarines for the first time.
The trilateral agreement called AUKUS will also include cooperation in the field of artificial intelligence, quantum technologies and cybernetics.
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