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Australia: France's recall of ambassador over subs regretful

Australia is noting with regret France’s recall of its ambassador over the surprise cancellation of a submarine contract in favor of a U.S. deal. Recalling its ambassadors to Australia and the United States was an unprecedented show of anger by France.

9/18/2021 9:16:00 AM

Australia is noting with regret France ’s recall of its ambassador over the surprise cancellation of a submarine contract in favor of a U.S. deal. Recalling its ambassadors to Australia and the United States was an unprecedented show of anger by France .

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia said Saturday it was noting with regret France ’s recall of its ambassador over the surprise cancellation of a submarine contract in favor of a U.S. deal. France recalled its ambassadors to Australia and the United States on Friday in an unprecedented show of anger over a deal among the United States , Australia and Britain to provide Australia with a fleet of at least eight nuclear-power submarines.

Francerecalledits ambassadors to Australia and the United States on Friday in an unprecedented show of anger over a deal among the United States, Australia and Britain to provide Australia with a fleet of at least eight nuclear-power submarines.The deal scraps a 90 billion Australian dollar ($66 billion) contract with French majority state-owned Naval Group, signed in 2016, to build 12 conventional diesel-electric submarines.

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Foreign Minister Marise Payne’s office said in a statement: “We note with regret France’s decision to recall its Ambassador to Australia for consultations following the decision on the Attack Class project.”ADVERTISEMENT“Australia understands France’s deep disappointment with our decision, which was taken in accordance with our clear and communicated national security interests,” the statement said. It added that Australia valued its relationship to France and looked forward to future engagements together.

Payne and Defense Minister Peter Dutton are currently in the United States for annual talks with their U.S. counterparts and their first with President Joe Biden’s administration.French Ambassador to Australia Jean-Pierre Thebault said Australia never mentioned that the project could be scrapped. headtopics.com

Thebault told Australian Broadcasting Corp. in an interview recorded on Friday that he found out about the U.S. submarine deal: “Like everybody, thanks to the Australian press.”“We never were informed about any substantial changes,” Thebault said. “There were many opportunities and many channels. Never was such a change mentioned.”

After the U.S. deal was made public this week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he told French President Emanuel Macron in June that there were “very real issues about whether a conventional submarine capability” would address Australia’s strategic security needs in the Indo-Pacific.

Morrison was in Paris on his way home from a Group of Seven nations summit in Britain where he had talks with soon-to-be-alliance partners Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Thebault said he had also been at the meeting with Macron and Morrison.

Morrison mentioned “there were changes in the regional situation,” but gave no indication that Australia was considering changing to nuclear propulsion, Thebault said.“The relationship between France and Australia was built on trust,” Thebault said.“So fundamentally, everything was built on trust. Everything was supposed to be done in full transparency between the two partners,” he added. headtopics.com

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ADVERTISEMENTThebault said difficulties the project had encountered were normal for its scale and large transfers of technologies.French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement on Friday that recalling the two ambassadors, on request from Macron, “is justified by the exceptional seriousness of the announcements” made by Australia and the United States.

Le Drian said Australia’s decision to scrap the submarine purchase in favor of nuclear subs built with U.S. technology is “unacceptable behavior between allies and partners.”Senior opposition lawmaker Mark Dreyfus called on the Australian government to fix its relationship with France.

“The impact on our relationship with France is a concern, particularly as a country with important interests in our region,” Dreyfus said.“The French were blindsided by this decision and Mr. Morrison should have done much more to protect the relationship. The ... government needs to explain what it is going to do to fix this important relationship,” he added.

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Australia have every right toor by thinks what they want,from anybody ..... 😂😂😂 the French should know that there’s something called “la concurrence” 😉 That is a very childish move from an ally. Could be a knee-jerk reaction. OMG what’s next, no more fromage?! Sacre blu! They gonna take back their french fries.

First, I can’t remember ever hearing about a French ambassador to the US. Second, the French are famously arrogant and annoying…so not sure why anyone is shocked at their behavior. Third, the French will be fine. Surrender is never far away. I hear there are a lot of sour grapes in France this season. A shame.

There’s more going on here than President Maccrone is leading everybody to believe. What is his reliance on China about & beef w/ Australia? Spill the noodles Maccrone! Ze French have just realized zat American Gov, haz no Friendz oops

France recalls envoys in U.S, Australia over submarine deal - statement France said on Friday it had decided to recall its ambassadors in the United States and Australia for consultations after Australia struck a deal with the United States and Britain which ended a $40 billion French-designed submarine deal. French has lost touch of reality. Pacific is not within your reach. Lol funny Macron. Cry cry baby Macron.

Biden has made enemies of our friends, he's the clown of the world ! Even Britain said they wouldn't follow him in a military conflict, how embarrassing for mindless democratic voters It's time for EU to grow a spine and distance it from the rogue nation US. It doesn't serve EU citizens to bend over for US all the time.

France subs: Way too expensive. Sitting ducks: way too noisy in the water. As for China: its a message to stop trying to subvert supply & demand of key commodities like iron ore that impact on Australia's balance of payments. Take a hint! This is just grandstanding. The subs were way too expensive and way too noisy in the water. Plus, if China hadn't continually bullied Australia and kept trying to undermine metal prices (iron ore, REE, PGEs) then this would never have happened. Its called: OZKarma

olgamyself415 Grandpa Biden has dementia and accidentally torpedoes his grand alliance against China Je ne regrette rien! It is only business not personal. Why are the French getting the knickers in a twist over AUKUS

France recalls ambassadors to US and Australia in response to AUKUS nuclear submarine pact France has recalled its ambassadors to the United States and Australia in response to a pact signed by the two countries along with the United Kingdom that they referred to as a stab in the back. Democratic Party's double standard

France recalls ambassadors to US, Australia over sub deal France said late Friday it was immediately recalling its ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia after Australia scrapped a big French conventional submarine purchase in favor of nuclear subs built with U.S. technology. It was the first time ever 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 . Here’s why That's fine with us, next time you get invaded by pissed off Germans don't come crying to us though. Wow they must be really pissed

France recalls its ambassadors to the US and Australia over new national security partnershipThe French government has immediately recalled its ambassador to the US for consultation in response to the recently announced national security partnership with the United Kingdom and Australia . That’s fine don’t call us when Germany starts poking their nose around again. I still don't understand what necessary role the UK plays in this And who cares?

France recalls its ambassadors to U.S., Australia over submarine dispute France announces that it is recalling its ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia after the longtime ally that felt its Indo-Pacific interests had been undermined by a new pact by the Biden administration. ...but not the UK? I'm confused, because the UK is also part of this... Boy Biden is on fire today! empty words?

France recalls envoys in US and Australia amid submarine row France said it was recalling its ambassadors in the United States and Australia for consultations following Australia 's decision to scrap a big French conventional submarine purchase in favour of nuclear subs built with US technology. I’m old enough to remember the Rainbow Warrior being attacked by France & Australia was against nuclear testing… around & around & around we go 29shiraz The question is what Australia is gonna need these subs for!