France recalls envoys to US, Australia over nuclear submarine deal

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France recalls envoys to US, Australia over nuclear submarine deal

France on Friday recalled its ambassadors to the United States and Australia in protest of the Biden administration cutting a deal to provide nuclear submarines to Australia, without consulting French officials.

French Minister for European and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian said he had recalled the envoys at the request of French President Emmanuel Macron and said the move was “the exceptional gravity of the announcements made on 15th September by Australia and the United States.”

Le Drian added that the new agreement between the US and Australia was “unacceptable behavior between allies and partners, whose consequences directly affect the vision we have of our alliances, of our partnerships and of the importance of the Indo-Pacific for Europe.”

Macron has not commented publicly since the Biden administration announced the strategic Indo-Pacific alliance with Australia and Britain, causing France to lose out on the nearly $100 billion deal to build diesel-electric submarines.



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