Australia defence deal: France accuses US of stabbing it in back

France accused United States President Joe Biden of stabbing it in the back and behaving like his predecessor Donald Trump after France was pushed out from a $40 billion defence deal that it had signed with Australia for submarines.

The United States, Britain and Australia said they would establish a security partnership for the Indo-Pacific that will help Australia acquire U.S. nuclear-powered submarines and scrap the $40 billion French-designed submarine deal.

“This brutal, unilateral and unpredictable decision reminds me a lot of what Mr Trump used to do,” Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told franceinfo radio. “I am angry and bitter. This isn’t done between allies.”

In 2016, Australia had chosen French shipbuilder Naval Group to build a new submarine fleet worth $40 billion to replace it’s two-decades-old Collins submarines.

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