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

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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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