Australian submarines: Jean-Yves Le Drian denounces a “major breach of confidence” with the United States and Australia

The head of French diplomacy, Jean-Yves Le Drian, spoke on Saturday September 18 of the “Serious crisis” caused by the torpedoing of a huge French submarine contract by Canberra, denouncing a “Lie”, “a duplicity”, “a major breach of confidence” and one “Contempt” from the allies of France.

Asked about France 2, Mr. Le Drian thus justified the recall of the French ambassadors in Canberra and Washington by the existence of a “Serious crisis” between the three allies. On the other hand, the recall of the French ambassador to London was deemed unnecessary: “We know their permanent opportunism”, he quipped, a few months after Brexit.

“What just happened” will weigh on the definition of NATO’s new strategic concept, the Minister of Foreign Affairs also said, without however mentioning an exit from the Atlantic Alliance.

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The World with AFP

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