Bloomberg – France has called for consultations with its ambassadors to the US and Australia, in a sign of its frustration over the loss of the submarine contract with Sydney, which the French foreign minister described as being “stabbed by the back”.
It’s a surprising move for America’s oldest ally and a sign of how frustrated Paris officials are over what they said was a surprise move that it cost the nation a $ 66 billion settlement for the submarines.
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“At the request of the President of the Republic, I have decided to immediately call our two ambassadors in the US and Australia to Paris for consultations,” Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement published by the French embassy in the USA
The decision of normally close allies to snub France constitutes “An unacceptable behavior between allies and partners, the consequences of which affect the very conception we have of our alliances, our associations and the importance of the Indo-Pacific for Europe”, according to the statement.