Paris summoned US and Australian Ambassadors Over Submarine Deal

Paris summoned US and Australian Ambassadors Over Submarine Deal
Paris summoned US and Australian Ambassadors Over Submarine Deal

French ambassadors to the United States and Australia have been summoned in response to a new agreement between the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia under which Australia will receive nuclear-powered submarine technology from the US and the UK.


French President Emmanuel Macron's unusual decision, according to French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, was made due to the severity of the situation, according to a statement.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison rejected French accusations that his country had not been warned, claiming that he had discussed the possibility of cancelling a 2016 submarine deal with an Italian company during talks in June with President Emmanuel Macron, who was then in office.


Earlier this week, Australia announced that it would cancel a $US40 billion ($A55 billion) deal with France's Naval Group to build a fleet of conventional submarines and would instead, build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines based on technology developed in the US and United Kingdom.

Paris summoned US and Australian Ambassadors Over Submarine Deal