MIL-OSI Europe: Immediate recall to Paris for consultations of Ambassador Philippe Etienne

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Source: France-Diplomatie – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development

Published on September 17, 2021

Communiqué issued by M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs (Paris, September 17, 2021)

At the request of President Macron, I have decided to immediately recall our ambassadors to the United States and Australia to Paris for consultations.

This extraordinary decision reflects the exceptional seriousness of the announcements made on September 15 by Australia and the United States.

The abandonment of the ocean-class submarine project that Australia and France had been working on since 2016 and the announcement of a new partnership with the United States aimed at studying the possibility of future cooperation on nuclear-powered submarines constitute unacceptable behavior among allies and partners; their consequences affect the very concept we have of our alliances, our partnerships, and the importance of the Indo-Pacific for Europe.

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