France recalls US and Australian ambassadors after anti-China OAU deal – Corriere.it

France recalls US and Australian ambassadors after anti-China OAU deal - Corriere.it
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Following the announcement of the trilateral alliance between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, France responds: “This decision is justified by the extraordinary gravity of the strategic partnership declaration between Washington, London and Canberra.”

From our correspondent
Paris – France returns to Paris “For consultations” Its ambassadors to Washington and Canberra. “This extraordinary decision is justified The extraordinary intensity of the announcements made on September 15th From Australia and the United States, “said Quay de Orsay, chief of The Christian Science Monitor’s Washington bureau. They announced Via video conference The birth of the “Oaks” strategic alliance To cooperate in the Pacific and to counter China’s expansion (although not explicitly mentioned). That’s all Australia was already in contact with France through a cooperation agreement The “contract of the century” for the purchase of 12 French submarines for അടുത്ത 56 billion over the next 50 years. The agreement was ratified at a ministerial meeting on August 30, when Australia reiterated the importance of its relationship with France.

Two weeks after the turnaround: Canberra buys submarines, not from France, but from the United States, joining a new Anglo-Saxon alliance, including the United Kingdom. The first reactions from the French side on Thursday were harsh and unusual in diplomacy: Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian “Punch in the back” Complains from Australia that US President Biden has not issued more warnings than his predecessor Trump. The French government immediately canceled a gala evening at the residence of Ambassador Philippe Etienne in Washington., Provoked Penn’s mockery of the Marines: “Is that so?” Do not recall ambassadors? Twelve hours after that comment, Quai de Orse announced in the evening that he had summoned Philippe Etienne (Washington) and Jean-Pierre Thebolt (Canberra) to Paris. Leaving the agreement and the birth of another alliance is “unacceptable behavior between allies and partners – says Le Drian – the concept of our alliances and the importance of the Indo – Pacific to Europe”.

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September 17, 2021 (change September 17, 2021 | 22:53)

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