France has recalled its ambassadors to the Unites States and Australia in a backlash over a new security partnership.
The country’s foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian made the announcement following the deal between the UK, US and Australia – which aims to help Australia obtain nuclear-powered submarines.
Mr Le Drian said in a statement that the decision, on request from President Emmanuel Macron, “is justified by the exceptional seriousness of the announcements” made by the two countries.
He said the cancellation by Australia of a big contract to buy French conventional submarines in favour of nuclear-powered subs built with US technology is “unacceptable behaviour”.
Emmanuel Macron has not commented on the issue since Joe Biden’s announcement of a strategic Indo-Pacific alliance with Australia and Britain, leading France to lose a nearly $100 billion (£72.8bn) deal to build diesel-electric submarines.
On Thursday, the US said it stands in “unshakeable alliance with Australia” – after China said the new partnership, named AUKUS, “intensifies the arms race”.
Source : Sky News