France has recalled its ambassador to the US in an extraordinary anger over a new deal between the US, Britain and Australia.
President Emmanuel Macron has stampeded his foot and recalled his envoy, Philippe Etienne, in an epic this evening.
The news was announced by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who said the move was needed because of the “extraordinary gravity” of the situation.
He says the new Ocus agreement has stunned France and has resulted in the cancellation of multi-billion dollar contracts for subsea construction for Australia.
And Le Drian dramatically described the move as a “stab in the back.”
But he’s not the only Frenchman who’s furious this evening.
A diplomatic source told Reuters: “The UK supported the operation opportunistically.
“We do not need to consult with our ambassador in Paris to know what to think and what conclusions to draw from it.”
Macron is understood to have received a letter from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday announcing the cancellation of the £65bn submarine deal.
The French arrived in Washington to ask for clarification – but hours later, President Joe Biden announced the historic deal during a video conference.
Le Drian said tonight: “We built a relationship of trust with Australia, and that trust was betrayed.
“It’s not done between allies.”
France canceled a planned gala at its luxurious embassy in Washington after a diplomatic slap.
The fancy shindig was meant to celebrate the relationship between the US and France.
Another incident in Baltimore has also been postponed.
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The gala at the embassy was to mark the 240th anniversary of the Battle of the Cape, when the French Navy fought Britain’s Royal Navy during the Revolutionary War.
The Aukas Treaty is designed to counter China and enhance security in the Indo-Pacific region.
Under the terms, Australia is to purchase a US-made nuclear subscription for the first time.
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But France’s response is another headache for Biden, who is facing mounting pressure from around the world over his decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.
Tonight, a top general admitted that a US drone strike in Kabul killed an aid worker and nine members of his family – including seven children – rather than an ISIS-K operative.
The head of US Central Command, General Frank McKenzie, said in a press conference the strike was a “mistake” that could be disastrous for Biden’s presidency.
A drone had seen men loading explosives into a vehicle.
Actually, the victim Jemari Ahmadi was filling the car with a pitcher of water.
Many young children who ran to welcome him home died.
Days after the devastating attack on Mr Ahmadi and his family, Biden said the nation’s military would be out of Afghanistan by the August 31 deadline.
And he said that America can attack terrorists without putting shoes on the ground.
In a speech, he claimed: “We hit ISIS-K from afar after they killed 13 of our service members and dozens of innocent Afghans.
“And as for ISIS-K, we are not with you yet.”
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