Correspondent in Paris
France estimates that the agreement signed between the US, the UK and Australia to “share advanced technology in strategic areas” is a “stab in the back”, costing its industry € 56 billion.
Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister of Foreign Affairs, said: “That agreement is a stab in the back. France had established a relationship of trust with Australia. That trust has been broken, behind our backs. The behavior of the USA worries me. It is a unilateral decision, without information or consultation, which is very reminiscent of Donald Trump’s behavior.
Using direct, brutal language, far removed from conventional diplomatic language, The Drian he sums up several underlying problems with unusual frankness among the transatlantic allies.
Comparar a Biden con Trump
Le Drian exposes with clinical precision the reserves of France towards the USA. Joe Biden behaves towards the European allies with the same lightness and indifference that he did Donald Trump: making unilateral decisions without information, without consultation, consummating successive betrayals.
Denouncing the complicity of the US with the betrayal of Australia, the French Foreign Minister insists on the destruction of the essential pillar of any diplomatic or commercial relationship: trust. Australia had signed the ‘contract of the century’ with France in 2016: committing to buy conventional submarines, for an amount of 56,000 million euros. For four years, Australia followed the principles of the original agreement step by step, confirmed to Emmanuel Macron, on several occasions, between 2017 and 2019. In a brutal way, without prior information of any kind, according to the French government, Australia breaks its agreement with France, to the benefit of the United States and its large naval industry, apparently cooperation with UK industry.
Florence Parly, French Defense Minister, has commented on the Australian betrayal from the perspective of transatlantic relations, stating: “In terms of geopolitics and diplomacy, this is a very serious decision. We must be lucid about the behavior of the US with its allies.
“Stab in the back”, “betrayal” and “serious decision” that will aggravate a long string of reservations and distancing, which come from afar and aggravate the crisis of the Atlantic Alliance, which Emmanuel Macron summed up in this way, two years ago: We are on the edge of a precipice. NATO is on the brink of brain death. ‘