“Su richiesta del presidente Macron, Ho deciso di richiamare immediatamente i nostri ambasciatori negli Stati Uniti e in Australia a Parigi per consultazioni,” French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drain said in a statement Friday.
France has espresso outrage after an announcement this week of a pact between Australia, Inghilterra, e gli Stati Uniti. that will provide nuclear submarines to Australia and scrap an agreement previously made to send French-made nuclear submarines to Australia.
“The abandonment of the ocean-class submarine project that Australia and France had been working on since 2016 and the announcement of a new partnership with the United States aimed at studying the possibility of future cooperation on nuclear-powered submarines constitute unacceptable behavior among allies and partners; their consequences affect the very concept we have of our alliances, our partnerships, and the importance of the Indo-Pacific for Europe,” la dichiarazione ha aggiunto.
All'inizio della settimana, Le Drain detto a French radio station that the pact, known as AUKUS and widely perceived as a challenge to China’s presence in the region, era un “stab in the back” and that France had been “betrayed.”
“This brutal, unilateral and unpredictable decision reminds me a lot of what Mr. Trump used to do,” Le Drian said. “I am angry and bitter. This isn’t done between allies.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki negato that the move had created a “regional divide” and said that France was notified of the deal prior to the announcement.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News on the French ambassadors being recalled.