France withdraws ambassadors to U.S. and Australia over submarine deal dispute

France withdraws ambassadors to U.S. and Australia over submarine deal dispute
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[Ed. – France is posturing as much for a domestic audience as to impress the U.S. and allies in the new “AUKUS” partnership (the one in which President Biden can’t remember the name of the Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison).  That said, this was an ill-managed business.  The nuclear sub deal is kind of a goofy move, lacking context to make it an obvious or conventional one.  More on it later.  Meanwhile, rejoice! – the “adults” are back in charge.]

In response to a newly penned nuclear submarine deal between the United States and Australia, France announced on Friday it would recall its ambassadors to both countries, citing “unacceptable behavior” on the part of the allied nations.

“This exceptional decision is justified by the exceptional gravity of the announcements made on 15th September by Australia and the United States,” France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian wrote in a Friday statement.

Le Drian was referring to a joint announcement made this week by the U.S., U.K. and Australian heads of state, unveiling a new trilateral security program — called AUKUS — that effectively cancels a previous $40 billion submarine deal made between France and Australia.

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