French officials ‘betrayed’ by US, Australia over AUKUS defense pact

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

6 Comments on French officials ‘betrayed’ by US, Australia over AUKUS defense pact

  1. Jen Psaki scoffed at the comparison to the Trump Administration. She said US President Joe Biden “doesn’t think about” very much about the comment
    Joey “The Tard” biden doesn’t think period.
    Terri Schiavo had more brain activity than biden and they starved her to death.

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  2. One of our adults should handle this kerfuffle.

    Since John Kerry lives on the family estate in Normandy, maybe he could run over to Paris offer a Macron a yacht ride, or something

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  3. Is a French sub anything like a French tank — one gear going forwards, and four gears in reverse? Would explain why the deal got scuttled.

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