France has continued a verbal war in an increasingly tough diplomatic line over Britain’s new defense pact between the United States and Australia.
Britain returns to “American Wrap” after European Minister Clement Beaune announced that he would break the £ 30 billion French submarine contract in support of a more powerful nuclear ship that Australia had acquired with the support of Britain and the United States. Said that.
With this announcement, President Emmanuel Macron ordered the recall of the French ambassadors from Washington and Canberra. This is virtually unprecedented among these close allies.
However, there was no similar order for the French envoy to London to return to Paris for consultation.
However, in a series of interviews with French television, Beaune suggested that Britain was a “junior partner” who accepted the “vascularization” of the United States.
“Our British friend explained that he intends to leave the EU to create the Great Britain. This is the return to American rap and a form of accepted vascularization. You can see, “he said.
“The UK is clearly trying to find its feet. Perhaps it lacked thoughts about its strategic future. Today they are hiding in the folds of the United States. That’s what they are in the coming decades. I hope it doesn’t become a policy of. “
“After this partnership, this strategic alliance, and the Kabul crisis, Global Britain seems to be more about US junior partners than working with various allies,” he added later.
New Foreign Minister Liz Truss defended the deal, saying Britain had shown that it was “crazy” to defend its interests.
As he wrote in The Sunday Telegraph, Britain is a “fierce champion” of freedom and democracy around the world.
“It shows that we are ready to protect our interests and take on the challenge of unfair practices and malicious acts. It also marks the security and stability of the Indo-Pacific region. It shows our commitment, “she writes.
At the Commons on Thursday, Boris Johnson tried to smooth the difference, keeping relations with France “solid” and Downing Street describing Paris as Britain’s “close ally and friend.”
Nevertheless, the Prime Minister also said he was hoping for an agreement to bring “hundreds” of highly skilled jobs to Britain.
Not only did the French lose their contract, but they were reportedly furious at being notified of the new agreement just hours ago, before Macron was expected to have a tough election year.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said it constitutes “stabbed from behind” and “unacceptable behavior between allies and partners.”
The so-called Oaks Defense Pact between Britain, the United States and Australia has been widely seen as an attempt to counter China’s growing military claims in the Indo-Pacific region.
Beijing quickly accused the initiative of being “very irresponsible” and a threat to regional peace and stability.
But Johnson said it was not intended as a “hostile” move against China and other forces.
Additional report by Press Association