France sends envoy back to Australia after Aukus submarine fallout

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France has decided to send its envoy back to Australia to help redefine ties after Canberra withdrew a submarine deal with Paris in favor of one with Britain and the US.

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French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told a parliamentary committee: “I have now asked my ambassador to return to Canberra with two missions: to help redefine the terms of our relationship with Australia in the future. to protect our interests in concrete. Implementation of the Australian decision to end the program for future submarines.”

Earlier, France accused its allies of stabbing them in the back when Australia opted to build nuclear-powered submarines with US and British technology instead of the multi-billion-dollar French submarine program.


Under the AUKUS agreement with the UK and US, Australia will acquire a fleet of eight nuclear-powered submarines built with American technology, with a majority French state-owned naval conglomerate for A$90 billion (£48 billion) for its construction. more than) the contract has expired. 12 conventional diesel-electric submarine.

Last month, an angry France withdrew its envoys from Washington and Canberra. While it immediately sent its envoy back to the US, its NATO partner; Its contacts with Australia were frozen. This is the first signing with Australia after the submarine deal.

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Mr Le Drian said Paris had thoroughly reviewed its bilateral relations with Australia, noting that the submarine deal was part of that broader strategy. “A fresh start in our bilateral relations will not affect our determination to engage in the Pacific,” the agencies said.

Australia has said it regrets recalling the ambassador, and values ​​relations with France and wants to engage with Paris on issues including the Indo-Pacific.

In a statement to local media, Australia’s Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, who is also deputy leader of the ruling conservative Liberal Party, said: “We welcome the French ambassador to Canberra, and look forward to moving on from our recent disappointments.” can.”

It is still unclear how much it will cost Australia the expiration of the contract signed in 2016.


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