AUKUS: Paris informed of deal, White House says – French deny

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THE France and the USA had contacts, at a high level, before from the announcement of the new alliance between Washington, Canberra and London, which was named AUKUS, according to statements made by a high-ranking White House official tonight.

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“Senior US government officials have been in contact with their French counterparts to discuss “AUKUS even before its announcement”, said this source to the French Agency.

Paris reacted strongly to the announcement of this initiative – in which Australia will acquire nuclear-powered US submarines – which torpedoes his own agreement with Canberra for the delivery of submarines, broadcasts AFP.

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The outrage turned not only against Australia, which is accused of not keeping its word, but also against the American president. Joe Biden. “This unilateral, crude, unexpected decision is very similar to what Mr. Trump did,” the former US president said. Jean-Yves Le Drian speaking on France Info radio station.

“As President Biden said yesterday, we work closely together “We are committed to our common priorities in the Indo-Pacific region and we will continue to do so,” the White House spokesman told AFP.

“Our government is focused on reviving alliances and partnerships to support an international order based on the observance of common rules. This means strengthening our long-term ties, including those with our NATO and EU allies, and at the same time working to build new partnerships“, He added.

It is noted that with the cancellation, by the Australian side, of the agreement for the delivery of 12 French, conventional submarines, France will lose a contract of EUR 56 billion.

He denies Paris

France has denied, however, that it had been informed in advance by the United States of Washington’s new “alliance” with Canberra and London, under which Australia would be supplied with US-built nuclear-powered submarines instead of the conventional French orders.

“We did not know about this plan before the first information was published in the American and Australian press, a few hours before the official announcement of (US President) Joe Biden,” said the representative of the French embassy in Washington, Pascal Confavre, according to a new telegram from the French Agency.

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