Post Millennial: France is calling an anti-China defense partnership between Australia, the US and Britain “a stab in the back.” Reuters said the French are not especially thrilled with Australia as their $40 billion defence deal is no longer happening following Wednesday’s announcement.
In 2016, Australia had selected French shipbuilder Naval Group to build a new submarine fleet worth $40 billion to replace its more than two-decades-old Collins submarines.
As of two weeks ago, Australia’s foreign and defense ministers told France their arrangement was still a go.
Upon hearing the news, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was furious.
“This brutal, unilateral and unpredictable decision reminds me a lot of what Trump used to do,” he said.
The US, Britain and Australia announced they would establish a security partnership dubbed AUKUS for the Indo-Pacific. It would help Australia acquire US nuclear-powered submarines and scrap the $40 billion French-designed submarine deal.
“I am angry and bitter. This isn’t done between allies.” more here