The submarine crisis has its epilogue: a look at this huge contract with global diplomatic consequences

Cette photo prise le 2 mai 2018 montre le président français Emmanuel Macron et le Premier ministre australien Malcolm Turnbull debout sur le pont du HMAS Waller, un sous-marin de classe Collins exploité par la Royal Australian Navy, à Garden Island à Syd

For France, it is a cold shower. ,It’s actually, in good French, a blow in the back.“The head of French diplomacy, Jean-Yves Le Drian, angrily after this announcement.”We had established a relationship of trust with Australia. This trust has been betrayed“, he says, the one who terminated this contract when he was defense minister.

Our decision was based on what is in the interest of our national security.

To justify its decision, Australia says it has “serious reservation“With regard to the French submarines. This is not a “change of mind”, but a “change of need”.

,We needed a nuclear powered submarine and we looked at our options“Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton said at the time in response to criticism.”The French had a version that was no better than the version used by the United States and the United Kingdom, and in the end our decision was based on what was in the best interest of our security citizen.,

Washington says France was made aware of the new agreement before the public announcement, which it has always strongly denied.

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