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Australia made 'huge' mistake' cancelling submarine deal, says French ambassador

Australia made 'huge' mistake' cancelling submarine deal, says French ambassador

9/18/2021 1:50:00 PM

Australia made 'huge' mistake' cancelling submarine deal, says French ambassador

Australia has made a 'huge' diplomatic error, the French ambassador said on Saturday having been recalled to Paris after Canberra ditched a multi billion dollar order for French submarines in favour of an alternative deal with the United States and Britain.

from the United States and Australia."I would like to run into a time machine, if possible, and be in a situation where we don't end up in such an incredible, clumsy, inadequate un-Australian situation," Thebault said."I'm very sad to be forced to leave, albeit there needs to be some reassessment to be made."

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Australia said it regretted the recall of the French ambassador, and that it valued the relationship with France and would keep engaging with Paris on other issues."Australia understands France's deep disappointment with our decision, which was taken in accordance with our clear and communicated national security interests," a spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne said in a statement. L4N2QJ3JI

U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said that France was a 'vital ally' and that the United States would be engaged in coming days to resolve the differences.The row marks the lowest point in relations between Australia and France since 1995, when Canberra protested France's decision to resume nuclear testing in the South Pacific and recalled its ambassador for consultations.

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This a solution which could be decided at the start, Diesel-elctric or nuke and then when it is signed and started,a complete u-turn with fat lies as yes there were some issues,bla blabla.....shame on this countries Good move by Australia, France lacks behind in technology and it maintains its power through extracting wealth illegally from its former African colonies. BoycottFrance

France has made serious mistakes in its collective foreign policy towards China. Let me tell you that. I hardly see how opting for nuclear powered subs as opposed to conventional diesel power is making a 'huge' mistake...seems like plain old common sense. Yeah, bc Australia decided not to spend $60B on obsolete subs. I love France & admire how they have stood up against American idiocy. But they’re flat wrong here. Enough with the temper tantrums.

Australia made a huge mistake accepting this contract in the first place. The deal should never have been made in the first place. It was poor judgement. It's also a mistake to swap it for losing more of our independence and becoming (much more) subservient to the USA. Compounding the poor judgement.

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France cancels Washington reception and tones down celebrations of US-French Revolutionary War victory amid submarine spatAmid a rift over a new security agreement between the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom, the French Embassy in Wash ington has canceled a Wash ington reception and toned down celebrations commemorating a Revolutionary War naval victory by the French that helped the US to win its independence. France is definitely the No.1 'ALLY' that the US has insulted and injured. Marquis de Lafayette and Charles de Gaulle are rolling in their graves. Australia is under UK control!!!! Commonwealth member !!! And the 2 under US control. French government must know that the UK is their principal problem on economy politics strategy..... It's been 245 years and still haven't learned our lesson : the US being manipulated by Boris Johnson.. pathetic

France Recalls Ambassadors to U.S., Australia Over Submarine DealFrance has recalled its ambassadors to Wash ington and Canberra in response to a new deal among the U.S., U.K. and Australia to provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarine technology. Merde La France What’s the deal with Australia? Why is it so out there with BUGS The French need to get over it. Australia is going to get better submarines.