France has recalled its ambassadors to the US and Australia as part of the new AUKUS coalition following a dramatic escalation of diplomatic tensions over the nuclear submarine deal.
Britain and the US announced that they had agreed to help the Australian Navy acquire a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines, following a £30bn deal to supply conventional diesel-electric watercraft to France. The country is deemed furious for the cancellation.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday the “extraordinary decision” was justified by the countries’ actions, but made no mention of the recall of the French ambassador to London.
It came after a report suggested that ousted former Education Secretary Gavin Williamson had been tipped for a knighthood following his departure from the UK government.
The Tory MP, who was widely criticized over his cabinet post, is expected to be on Boris Johnson’s next honor list, according to sources. Wire.
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Recalling envoys justified by ‘unacceptable AUKUS behaviour’, says French minister
A French minister has said the decision to recall France’s ambassadors to the US and Australia is justified by the “unacceptable behaviour” of the AUKUS coalition.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement that he was acting on instructions from the country’s President Emmanuel Macron when he made the surprise move on Friday.
France is angered by an announcement this week that Britain and the US had agreed to help the Australian Navy acquire a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines for the first time, in the process raising ££ for France to supply submarines. 30bn deal was cancelled.
“This extraordinary decision is justified by the extraordinary seriousness of the announcements made by Australia and the United States on 15 September,” said Mr Le Drian.
He added that their actions “constituted unacceptable behavior between allies and partners, the consequences of which directly affect our alliances, our partnership and our view of the importance of the Indo-Pacific to Europe”.
Although the minister made no mention of recalling the French ambassador to London, it is unlikely that Britain will avoid diplomatic repercussions entirely.
Prior to the deal, Boris Johnson is reported to have brought US President Joe Biden and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison together at the G7 summit in Cornwall in June.
France recalls US and Australian ambassadors to protest AUKUS submarine deal
France has taken a dramatic step in recalling its ambassadors to the US and Australia in protest of being pulled out of the multi-billion-pound submarine deal.
Diplomatic relations between France and countries in the new AUKUS alliance strained when Australia revealed it would pull out of a contract with the French government to supply defense submarines in favor of a rival deal with the UK and US.
our correspondent, Helen ElferBelow is the full story:
France recalls US and Australia ambassadors on submarine deal
This decision was made by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron.
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