Paris and Washington facilitated the folds of the failed French submarine contract with Australia. But a phone call with the Australian prime minister bounced back from President Emmanuel Macron. In the meantime, he threatens with an exorbitant bill.
Macron called US President Joe Biden on Wednesday. Both gentlemen admitted that the situation would have benefited from open consultation. They will talk more in October. The French ambassador returns to Washington. The purpose of the phone call was to “clarify the circumstances” in which the contract with Australia was made and concluded At Biden’s request.
The relations between the two countries have become so wonderful after the United States joined Australia and the United Kingdom Announcing a strategic partnership. Subsequently, Australia canceled a major purchase of submarines in France. It was a multibillion dollar contract. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian spoke in a comment About a “knife in the back” of Canberra and a “brutal decision” by Biden.
Striking: Macron rejects a call from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. In addition, Australia can expect a hefty bill as it abandons the planned purchase of French submarines in France. French defense conglomerate Naval Group has announced that a “detailed” cost statement will be sent to the Australians within a few weeks.
Meanwhile, Morrison doesn’t allow himself to be rushed. He responded in the Australian press to Macron’s refusal to smoke the peace pipe over the phone by saying, “We are patient.”
“Give me the station wagon”
Macron also decided to send the French ambassador to Washington again next week, after he had previously been recalled. Then he will work closely with US officials.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also responded to the diplomatic incident on Wednesday. Show a little understanding of the French position. ‘Prenez un grip (Fist, red.)Johnson said in a mixture of English and French during a visit to Washington. Donnez moi United Nations Break (Give me a break, red.)He completed. “The partnership is a huge step forward for global security. It is about three like-minded allies creating a new technology-sharing partnership.”