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Old 09-18-2021, 11:51 AM
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Exclamation France's anger at U.S., U.K., Australia over defense deal may not die down quickly

1st Report: France's anger at U.S., U.K., and Australia are over a defense deal made that they were counting on - may not die down quickly if ever?
By: TIM O'DONNELL - The Week News - 09-18-21

France's anger at its allies Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom over their trilateral defense agreement may not die down overnight.

The pact effectively cancels a pre-existing deal between France and Australia, in which the latter had ordered French-built submarines. In response, French President Emmanuel Macron recalled the government's ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia, which may only be "the tip of the iceberg," Peter Ricketts, a former U.K. ambassador to France, told BBC radio on Saturday. "This is far more than just a diplomatic spat," he said, explaining that the France-Australia deal "wasn't just an arms contract," but a "strategic partnership."

Now, "there's a deep sense of betrayal in France." What's more, Australia went behind Paris' back with two of its NATO allies, leaving Macron and company wondering what exactly the alliance is for, Ricketts said. "I think people underestimated the impact that this would have in France and how this would seem as a humiliation and betrayal in a year President Macron is running for election in a very tight race with the far right," he added.

For more Read: The Guardian post on the link below.

Personal note: I'd say France has got a case of the ass - about the latest backdoor deal with Australia. Let's see how this plays out. Any loss of revenue will hurt them and their workers. We are talking big bucks here - their not happy! But US also needs to have military trade as well to keep its personnel working and the bucks rolling in.
I'd say the swords are out and a political touche' (means to hit) is in the making!
If the deal goes through with Australia - there will definitely be some feed back - and disgruntled Frenchmen who will not take this lightly! Cut-throat in military sales we are talking some big bucks - and plenty of jobs.

O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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