French-Australian Ties Degrade In Wake of U.S. Submarine Pact

Paris and Canberra trade barbs over September’s offer for Washington to share submarine innovation with Australia

France’s ambassador to Australia, Jean-Pierre Thebault, dealt with the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday.


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A diplomatic crisis in between France and Australia deepened on Wednesday after senior authorities on both sides traded barbs over September’s landmark defense arrangement in between the U.S. and Australia, as geopolitical stress over the accord continued to ripple.

Relations in between the 2 countries have actually degraded considering that the U.S., U.K. and Australia revealed a security pact under which Australia would get submarine nuclear-propulsion innovation, an offer that led to France losing a $65 billion agreement to provide submarines to Australia. The episode triggered France to remember its ambassadors to both Canberra and Washington.

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