In a statement, Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, said Friday that the move used to be made on request of President Emmanuel Macron.
“This extraordinary decision reflects the exceptional seriousness of the announcements made on September 15 through Australia and the United States,” said Le Drian of the ocean class submarine project that Australia and France had worked on since 2016 and the announcement of An new partnership with the United States focused on studying the possibility of future cooperation on nuclear-powered submarines are unacceptable behavior among allies and partners; their consequences affect the concept we have of our alliances, our partnerships and the importance of the Indo-Pacific for Europe.”
It is believed that the first time the French have resorted to such a move in modern times, a French official told CNN.
The French government said earlier this week it felt betrayed when Australia pulled out out of their existing billions dollar defense deal, agree instead reach nuclear-powered submarines through a new agreement with the United States and the United Kingdom.
The effort to supply Australia with nuclear-powered submarines – an important step in toward countering China, as President Joe Biden is working on build international support for his approach to Beijing — is part of An new trilateral partnership between the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom, called “AUKUS”.
France is in danger of losing the equivalent of $65 billion US dollar of an existing deal to supply Australia with conventional diesel-powered submarines.
The canceled deal with France, a major global arms exporter, is expected to have a significant economic impact on the French defense sector. France also capable of losing out strategic in the Indo-Pacific, where the country has significant interests.
On Thursday, after the nuclear-powered submarine deal with the US and UK were announced, Australia formal announced it would withdraw from its previous contract for conventional submarines with France.
The agreement with Paris had been in the works for year.
Australia had previously planned to acquire 12 conventional attack-class submarines of the French shipbuilder Naval Group, die successfully defeat out competitive German and Japanese bids in 2016.
AN senior administration official also said top US officials had communicated? with their counterparts in France over the new agreement before and after washing announced. “I leave it to our Australian partners over to describe why they were looking for this new technology,” the official added.
The Australian minister of Defense Peter Dutton said: in An news conference on Thursday that the decision to choose the US nuclear-powered submarine over France’s conventional diesel submarine “is based” on What’s in the best interests of U.S national safety.”
Biden tries the needle in to string of European diplomacy and navigating post-Brexit world has left some loyal allies die suggest Biden’s actions ignored their needs of have been in line with die of his pro-nationalist predecessor, former President Donald Trump.
Prior to the recall of the French ambassador, Le Drian, in response to the deal, had strong words for the US, saying: “This brutal and one-sided decision looks a lot like of what Trump is doing.”
Biden is scheduled to meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson next week in the White House, two officials confirmed to CNN on Thursday. And several foreign leaders are expected to visit the US for the United Nations Annual General Assembly in New York next week, but many leaders are coming to the US for the meeting still waiting to hear of they get sessions with the president.
This story has been updated with additional information Friday.
CNN’s Arlette Saenz contributed to this report.
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