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French Recall Ambassadors from U.S. and Australia—But Not from Britain!

Sept. 17, 2021 (EIRNS)—The French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian late tonight issued a scathing announcement for the recall of France’s ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia for “unacceptable behavior between allies and partners,” but without explanation, did not even mention the British, who were very much part of the filthy deal to establish a U.S.-U.K.-Australian strategic alliance. The statement reads in full:

“At the request of the President of the Republic, I am recalling to Paris without delay our ambassadors to the United States and to Australia for consultations.

“This exceptional decision is justified by the exceptional gravity of the announcements made on 15th September by Australia and the United States.

“The cancellation of the Attack-class submarine program binding Australia and France since 2016, and the announcement of a new partnership with the United States meant to launch studies on a possible future cooperation on nuclear-powered submarines, constitute unacceptable behavior between allies and partners, whose consequences directly affect the vision we have of our alliances, of our partnerships and of the importance of the Indo-Pacific for Europe.”

On Sept. 16, French Ambassador to Washington Philippe Etienne appeared on the PBS “NewsHour” program to express French anger at the U.S. sabotage of the French-Australia submarine sale, a $32 billion deal of which $2 billion had already been spent. Etienne told anchor Judy Woodruff that France, too, has nuclear submarines, and also has territories, interests, and forces in the Indo-Pacific. He said that France felt “betrayed,” and that there was a “loss of trust.” “I’m sure trust can be redeemed, but, yes ... we have an issue of trust here, indeed.”

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