THE Boris Johnson, stated that he will seek normalization of relations with France after the tripartite security agreement concluded by his country, the USA and Australia with the consequence of canceling a contract for the supply of French military submarines by the Australian Navy, infuriating Paris, broadcast media.
“We are very proud of our relationship with France”, Mr. Johnson assured reporters accompanying him on his flight to New York, the news agency reported Bloomberg. He spoke of the “love” of the British for France, which he said was “impossible to uproot”.
The United Kingdom and France have “Very friendly relationship” with “Huge importance”, he insisted, according to the Press Association.
The three-nation agreement, clearly aimed at tackling China, meant canceling the € 56 billion deal to acquire a fleet of French conventional submarines and announcing a plan to acquire American nuclear-powered ones instead. Navy.
The agreement – the so-called AUKUS“It’s not something to worry about” the West and “especially our French friends,” Johnson was quoted as saying by AMPE, arguing that he did not envisage the “exclusion” of other countries.
The outrage in Paris is such that the president Emanuel Macron proceeded to the -unprecedented- gesture to recall the French ambassadors to Canberra and Washington for consultation. The French ambassador to London was not recalled simply because Paris already knew that Britain was acting “opportunistically”, French diplomacy commented sharply.
Mr Macron will hold talks “in the coming days” with US counterpart Joe Biden, according to government spokesman Gabriel Atal.
A meeting scheduled this week between French Defense Minister Florence Parley and British counterpart Ben Wallace was canceled by a Paris decision.