Former French ambassador Gérard Aroud has joined Parisian leaders who have expressed anger over the nuclear submarine deal between the United States, Britain and Australia last week.
Under the terms of the initiative, France would lose about $100 billion in the business of building diesel submarines for Australia. This would enable Canberra to build nuclear-powered submarines in the United States and the United Kingdom.
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Paris officials blame Washington respondents. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called the deal a “piercing from the back”. He said the “brutal, one-sided, unpredictable decision” is reminiscent of former President Trump.
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Foreign Minister Antony Blinken immediately guaranteed Paris and called them an “important partner”. Agence France-Presse tweeted Blinken’s remarks, and Arrow on Thursday responded with an ironic “we are deeply moved by…”.
China also responded angrily, accusing the United States and its English-speaking partners of launching a project to destabilize the Pacific Ocean and undermine world security. But the response from Paris and Brussels was just as severe. Both complained that they were not only excluded from the transaction but were also not consulted.
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The White House and Blinken say they were informed of the decision before France’s announcement.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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