PARIS ― France recalled its ambassadors to the United States and Australia for consultations Friday, underscoring simmering French anger over a secretly negotiated submarine expertise deal between the United States, Australia and Britain.
The Biden administration’s transfer to share delicate nuclear-powered submarine expertise with Australia, which was first announced Wednesday, successfully canceled an earlier agreement between Australia and France. Below that earlier deal, Australia would have purchased 12 French diesel-powered submarines.
The French diplomatic response has been unusual in its public bluntness. In an interview, France’s ambassador to Australia accused his host country of having engaged in “lies and treason” for 18 months. A Friday evening gala at the French Embassy in Washington that was speculated to commemorate France’s naval assistance to American forces at some level of the Revolutionary War was abruptly canceled.
What to know
- Why are the French so angry?
- Will it have long-term implications?
- What are France’s ambitions in the Pacific?