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France Cancels Defense Minister Meeting With UK Over Ruined Submarine Deal

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France Cancels Defense Minister Meeting With UK Over Ruined Submarine Deal

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France cancelled a meeting between Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly and her British counterpart, after Australia scrapped a submarine order with Paris in favour of a deal with Washington and London.

This was reported by Reuters citing anonymous sources.

Parly personally took the decision to drop the bilateral meeting with British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, the sources said.

The French Defense Ministry couldn’t be reached for comment, while the British one declined commenting.

The sources confirmed an earlier report in the Guardian newspaper that the meeting had been cancelled.

The scrapping of the multi-billion-dollar submarine contract, struck in 2016, has triggered a diplomatic crisis, with Paris recalling its ambassadors from Washington and Canberra.

France claims not to have been consulted by its allies, while Australia says it had made clear to Paris for months its concerns over the contract.

French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Joe Biden will speak by telephone in the coming days to discuss the crisis, the French government’s spokesman said.

“President Biden asked to speak to the President of the Republic and there will be a telephone discussion in the next few days between President Macron and President Biden,” Gabriel Attal said.

France would be seeking “clarification” over the cancellation of a submarine order, Attal said.

After the initial “shock” of the cancellation, discussions would need to take place over contract clauses, notably compensation for the French side, Attal added.

This was the first time ever that France has recalled its ambassador to the U.S., according to the French foreign ministry.

Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a written statement that the French decision, on request from President Emmanuel Macron, “is justified by the exceptional seriousness of the announcements” made by Australia and the United States.

He said Australia’s decision to scrap a big French conventional submarine purchase in favor of nuclear subs built with U.S. technology is “unacceptable behavior between allies and partners.”

Ambassador Philippe Etienne tweeted the announcements are “directly affecting the vision we have of our alliances, of our partnerships and of the importance of the Indo-Pacific for Europe.”

The Biden administration has been in close contact with French officials about the decision to recall Etienne to Paris, National Security Council spokesperson Emily Horne said.

“We understand their position and will continue to be engaged in the coming days to resolve our differences, as we have done at other points over the course of our long alliance,” she said in a statement. “France is our oldest ally and one of our strongest partners, and we share a long history of shared democratic values and a commitment to working together to address global challenges.”

State Department spokesman Ned Price also stressed the value the U.S. places on its relationship with France and expressed hope that talks between the two sides will continue in the coming days, including at the United Nations General Assembly next week.

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Bobby Twoshoes

Lol, where was the French sense of honour when they cancelled the Mistral order? I wish they’d get the message and leave NATO but they’ll probably bend over and spread for the Yanks like good little surrender monkeys.

F PRUNIER

Effectivement, honte pour la France d’avoir annulé les contrats Mistral sous pression des USA. L’Australie a aussi retourné sa veste sous pression des Etats-Unis, et les USA se moquent même de leur allié UK en faisant de problèmes pour leur fournir les missiles nucléaires tactiques pour sous marins. Le UK en est réduit à dépendre des Etats-Unis sur ce point. Donc les USA au lieu de traiter leurs alliés avec loyauté préfère la relation de vassalité et de soumission. Leurs alliés seront au final tous des LOOSERS .Ils se servent de leurs alliés pour leur seul et unique intérêt hégémonique. Maintenant concernant ” les petits singes de capitulation”, même si la France a eu un échec devant le Reich, aucun pays au monde n’a été capable d’arrêter seul les armées de Hitler. Il a fallu La Russie, USA, UK, Canada, Australie, NZ, France etc…pour les vaincre. Donc apprenez l’histoire avant d’utiliser des termes galvaudés. La France a gagné plus de guerres qu’elle n’en a perdu sans quoi elle n’aurait pu s’étendre au fil de l’histoire. LOL.

henri

Ceci n’ est pas vrai. Les Russes seul avait la capabilite d’ arreter Hitler. Les autres ont attendus jus q’a il etait clair que les Russes allait sortir vainceur avant de s’engager dans la guerre.

Dave

Vrai: l‘histoire française est pleine de victoires.
Pas vrai: les Russes seuls… ils recevaient quantités énormes d‘armes et d‘argent des États Unis.
Avec Sarkozy (et suivants) et Merkel la France et l‘Allemagne ont été (re-)réduit à niveau d‘état-clients. Faut que ça change. Laissez les Anglo-Américains jacasser. Ils étaient toujours jaloux des pays plus cultivés.
Salutations cordiales d‘un voisin.

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F PRUNIER

Salutations cordiales à toi, frère. Un esprit européen véritable n’est pas de trop.
L’esprit européen est en effet inexistant dans l’Union Européenne. Aucune cohésion, aucune solidarité, c’est même à celui qui viendra le mieux faire de la lèche aux USA…

Last edited 1 month ago by F PRUNIER
Bobby Twoshoes

You’re right, the French do have a notorious history of starting wars, not just being knocked out of them at the start. Congrats I guess?.. Australians may be criminals and a budget version of Yanks but at least we can take a joke, look at our government ffs. If it makes you feel any better we’re probably going to capitulate to China even faster than you guys did to Germany.

F PRUNIER

Je respecte votre point de vue jeune homme. Désolé si nous sommes si susceptibles en France, mais notre pays ayant été si convoité, vous comprendrez que nous nous sommes faits souvent trompés par des nations avec un grand sourire pour mieux nous poignarder dans le dos. Pour comprendre un peuple, il faut regarder son Histoire. Et très franchement, notre époque n’est pas très différente. Vous autres Australiens êtes un peuple très sympathique, avec qui nous avons plaisir à plaisanter. Ce qui n’est par contre pas le cas avec les USA mais aussi UK qui font malheureusement figure de faux amis, en préférant être les caniches des USA. UK devrait être un peu plus susceptible et défendre sa dignité d’une autre façon, à l’image d’une grande nation, et non pas d’un vulgaire satellite.

subhuti37

The abusive husband’s admitted two timing. Now it thinks a rose and a baby Ruth candy bar will patch things up. Stupid French may well fall for it.

Robespierre

Another day, another intra NATO disaster.
Another day, another US betrayal of an ‘ally’.

Last edited 1 month ago by Robespierre
Jen's Common Sense In Absentia

“Another day, another US betrayal of a ‘Vassal’.”

block

macron is a fool. The French people need to rid themselves of this clown and his grandmother pretending to be his wife.

Perverted imbeciles.

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