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France angrily recalled it's ambassador to the US and cancelled a gala celebration of the 240th anniversary of French naval participation in the war of independence after the US completed a secret deal with Australia to sell nuclear submarines to that country.

France already had a $50 billion contract to replace Australia's aging fleet of subs over 50 years with diesel-electric subs using French technology. This deal was scrapped by the US/Aussie deal with just hours of warning to France. The deal between France and Australia had been fraught with cost overruns and delays which caused tension between the partners but the secret negotiations between US and Australia caught France by complete surprise.

France has called the action a betrayal towards the US's first ally upon independence. French foreign minister, Jean Yves Le Drain called the secret deal a "stab in the back," and that he was very bitter and angry about the "break up." He also said that "this was not done between allies," and reiterated that it would complicate cooperation in the Pacific region where France still has influence in former territories in Polynesia and South Asia.

[www.reuters.com]

The announced deal between the US and Australia also included announcement of a new strategic alliance in the Pacific region between Britain, the US and Australia.

[www.politico.eu]

Does anyone else see a the tensions and arms build up in the Pacific as extremely foolish on all sides? The US trying to shore up it's position in the Pacific after losing Afghanistan and the interior lines to central Asia to China?

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France recalls ambassador and cancels 240th anniversary celebrations 373 Sirius7237 19-Sep-21 16:30
Nothing new there 83 Warwick 19-Sep-21 17:01
Re: Nothing new there 95 Sirius7237 21-Sep-21 03:13
Re: Nothing new there 63 OCaptain 21-Sep-21 14:07
Re: Nothing new there 63 Sirius7237 21-Sep-21 14:54
Re: Nothing new there 60 Warwick 21-Sep-21 19:26
Re: Nothing new there 67 OCaptain 21-Sep-21 19:45
Re: Nothing new there 60 Aine 21-Sep-21 21:13
Re: Nothing new there 87 WhoWeird 21-Sep-21 21:57
Re: Nothing new there 60 Warwick 22-Sep-21 17:28
Re: Nothing new there 56 WhoWeird 22-Sep-21 17:42
Re: Nothing new there 56 Warwick 23-Sep-21 16:59
Re: Nothing new there 53 WhoWeird 23-Sep-21 17:02
Re: Nothing new there 62 Warwick 23-Sep-21 17:46
Re: France recalls ambassador and cancels 240th anniversary celebrations 105 WhoWeird 19-Sep-21 17:33
Re: France recalls ambassador and cancels 240th anniversary celebrations 62 Nolondil 21-Sep-21 17:45
Re: France recalls ambassador and cancels 240th anniversary celebrations 64 adequatedane 22-Sep-21 12:28
Re: France recalls ambassador and cancels 240th anniversary celebrations 63 WhoWeird 22-Sep-21 14:08
Re: France recalls ambassador and cancels 240th anniversary celebrations 114 WhoWeird 22-Sep-21 17:14
Re: France recalls ambassador and cancels 240th anniversary celebrations 59 Warwick 23-Sep-21 17:09
Re: France recalls ambassador and cancels 240th anniversary celebrations 55 Sirius7237 24-Sep-21 14:45
Re: France recalls ambassador and cancels 240th anniversary celebrations 60 Aine 24-Sep-21 14:57
Re: France recalls ambassador and cancels 240th anniversary celebrations 53 Sirius7237 24-Sep-21 15:04
Re: France recalls ambassador and cancels 240th anniversary celebrations 57 Aine 24-Sep-21 15:32
Re: France recalls ambassador and cancels 240th anniversary celebrations 54 Sirius7237 25-Sep-21 15:57
Re: France recalls ambassador and cancels 240th anniversary celebrations 67 Nolondil 24-Sep-21 19:29
Re: France recalls ambassador and cancels 240th anniversary celebrations 89 Sirius7237 25-Sep-21 16:02


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