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French envoy to Australia: Fraud subcontract increases risks

Paris (AP) – FranceAmbassador of Australia Australian officials are said to have lied in his face and increased the risk of confrontation in Asia by signing a secret submarine deal with the United States and Britain, which undermined confidence in the democratic alliance.

France Indo-Pacific is committed to safeguarding its interests in the region, and is committed to putting “muscles” in Europe’s geopolitical strategy toward an increasingly strong China, the ambassador said. Jean-Pierre Thebolt. Said on Friday. They He spoke in an interview with the Associated Press before returning. of that Post Canberra.

“The way you treat your allies resonates in the region. Paris. The logic of confrontation is not good for peace and stability in the region. We think we should work otherwise.

The French government recalled Thebault. Paris This reflects the depth of the unprecedented diplomatic move with the French ambassador to the United States last month. FranceAnger over a deal for Australia Acquisition of a fleet of eight nuclear-powered submarines made with American technology.

The Indo-Pacific Treaty, which was hidden from French authorities, ended the previous 66 66 billion deal. Australia Buy 12 conventional diesel electric submarines from a French manufacturer.

In addition to broken agreements, France The agreement is believed to have violated long-standing alliances, and its interests in the Pacific – where it has 2 million civilians and 7,000 troops in French territory – have been ignored.

“I don’t understand how it was possible to lie like that. I don’t think people, many of whom I know, were able to lie to me … face to face for 18 months, Thebault Said Australian officials. They Worked with

The ambassador noted. France Builds nuclear-powered submarines, and They Said Australia When his contract was first signed in 2016, he refused, opting for a diesel-powered version instead.

“You could at least have a clear and honest conversation, which never happened.” They Said.

“Like reprimanding the country. France It almost sends the message that there are trustworthy partners and other partners, which is a concern in a region that needs it; not partnership and hostility. Thebault Said.

You France Turning to other trusted partners in the region. They He mentioned India, Japan, Korea and New Zealand.

Strengthening the EU’s Indo-Pacific strategy will be a priority. France As it takes over the rotating presidency of the European Union on January 1, They Said.

With climate change and its effects on the Pacific islands, “China’s rise is an issue that needs to be addressed.” Thebault Said. They Emphasis on respect for international law, respect for human rights, respect for freedom of navigation, respect for the sovereignty of countries

France Last month, it sent back its ambassador to the United States, a NATO partner. French President Emmanuel Macron and US Secretary of State Anthony Blankens met. Paris This week, and Blinken told French TV that “we could and should have talked better.” President Joe Biden’s national security adviser Jack Sullivan met with his French counterpart this week.

But Thebault I am left Paris.

On Wednesday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told a parliamentary committee that the ambassador would return. Australia Help “define the terms” of bilateral relations and defend French interests in terminating the agreement. He is expected to leave for Thebolt. Canberra Next week.

Welcoming the decision, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said bilateral relations were bigger than the canceled submarine deal. But Thebault He suggested that work be done before the relationship returned to normal.

Morrison said Macron would not take his call. This week, Australian Trade Minister Dan Tahan was snatched by French authorities as he entered. Paris. And negotiations on a free trade agreement between Australia And the European Union, which was due to convene this month, has been postponed until November.

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