EMMANUEL Macron reportedly won’t let Britain break away from its new agreement with Australia and the US.
The French president is said to be angry with the Asia-Pacific submarine alliance – and diplomats have described the move as “opportunistic”.
The historic agreement, known as Aukus, will see Australia build nuclear-powered submarines for the first time to counter China’s growing military might.
This sparked a major dispute with France as the country lost a multi-billion-pound deal with Australia to build 12 diesel submarines.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told France Info radio: “It’s really a stab in the back.”
And Lord Peter Ricketts, the former British ambassador to France, said: “France’s moves so far show that it sees Britain as an ‘ally’ in the deal, but it cannot prevent further repercussions.
“Expect French measures targeting the interests of all three.”
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden and Australian PM Scott Morrison announced the agreement on 15 September.
Macron was reportedly shocked, and the country later recalled the French ambassador to the US in an extraordinary anger.
He stamped his foot and called back his envoy Philippe tienne, as well as Australia’s ambassador, in an epic satire – but he wasn’t the only Frenchman to jump in fury.
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 Mr Morrison on Wednesday in which he announced the cancellation of the £65bn submarine deal.
The French arrived in Washington to ask for clarification – but hours later, Biden announced the historic deal during a video conference.
Le Drian said: “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.
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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.
Under the terms of the Occus Treaty, 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.
This week, 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.
We built a relationship of trust with Australia and that trust was betrayed. This is not done between allies.
Jean-Yves Le Drian
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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