France recalls US ambassador in protest at Australia submarine deal

© POOL-AFP

France US Crisis

– (c) POOL-AFP

France is recalling its ambassador to the US in protest at being pushed out of a multibillion-dollar submarine deal with Australia.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced the diplomatic move to recall ambassador Philippe Etienne on Friday night, saying it came in a request from French President Emmanuel Macron.

Diplomatic relations between long-standing allies, the United States and France, are in tatters after the announcement earlier this week that Australia would pull out of a contract to have France supply its defence submarines.

US President Joe Biden announced a new pact between the US, the UK, and Australia on Wednesday that included a long-term agreement to build nuclear-powered submarines for Australia – a deal Mr Le Drian called a “stab in the back” for France.

Explaining France’s decision over the recall of their ambassador to the US, he referenced the “exceptional seriousness of the announcements.”

France say they were not given sufficient warning of the cancellation of the $90 billion submarine contract, which Mr Le Drian called “unacceptable behaviour.”

However, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison claimed he had warned Mr Macron in June that the deal was at risk of collapse because of delays and budgeting problems.

The bitter diplomatic row has escalated dramatically since the announcement of the pact, with France cancelling a gala at its Washington embassy that was planned to celebrate the US-French relationship.

In comments seemingly designed to ease tensions, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday: “We cooperate incredibly closely with France on many shared priorities in the Indo-Pacific but also beyond around the world. We’re going to continue to do so. We place fundamental value on that relationship, on that partnership.”

“France in particular is a vital partner on this, and so many other issues,” he added.

From news to politics, travel to sport, culture to climate – The Independent has a host of free newsletters to suit your interests. To find the stories you want to read, and more, in your inbox, click here.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Sudan coup: Ousted PM Hamdok returns home, officials say

© Provided by dw.com Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was ousted from power by General Abdel-Fattah Burhan on Monday Sudan’s ousted Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok returned to his home with his ... Read more »

Bio boom time: How Finland leads the world on Sustainable Development Goals

Finland is the global leader in sustainability this year. How did it achieve these UN Sustainable Development Goals, and how is it collaborating with South Africa? © Copyright (c) Daily ... Read more »

Judge in Kyle Rittenhouse trial says lawyers cannot refer to two people he's accused of killing as 'victims'

The prosecutors in the upcoming trial of Kyle Rittenhouse cannot refer to the two people he stands accused of killing in Kenosha, Wisconsin during racial justice protests last year as ... Read more »

Delta Air Lines hopes to speed passengers through airports with biometrics starting next week

© Provided by The Points Guy MSN has partnered with The Points Guy for our coverage of credit card products. MSN and The Points Guy may receive a commission from ... Read more »

Gwyneth Paltrow says she 'almost died' while giving birth to daughter Apple in an 'emergency' C-section

© Provided by INSIDER Apple Martin is Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s eldest child. Gwyneth Paltrow/Instagram Gwyneth Paltrow spoke about her harrowing experience giving birth to her daughter, Apple Martin. ... Read more »

UTI AMC appoints Anurag Mittal as VP, deputy-head of fixed income

© Provided by Zee Business UTI Asset Management Company Limited (UTI AMC) on Tuesday said it has appointed Anurag Mittal as executive vice-president and the deputy head of fixed income ... Read more »

Government planning semiconductor design-linked incentive policy

© Provided by Zee Business The government is planning to come up with a semiconductor design-linked incentive policy to promote domestic manufacturing as well as attract global electronic chip companies ... Read more »

Government receives Rs 533 cr from 4 CPSEs as dividend

© Provided by Zee Business The government has received Rs 533 crore as dividend tranches from 4 CPSEs, including IRCON and NHPC, this fiscal year (FY), DIPAM Secretary Tuhin Kanta ... Read more »

No consumption, recovery, test or conscious possession: Aryan

© Provided by The Times of India MUMBAI: Arguing for actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan’s bail plea in the drug seizure case, former attorney general Mukul Rohatgi told ... Read more »

Pumpkin pie spice is a fall essential - here's how to make your own at home

© bhofack2/Getty Images Pumpkin pie spice is a fall essential – here’s how to make your own at home Pumpkin pie spice is a spice blend made up of cinnamon, ... Read more »

The 15 Best Ski Towns to Visit for Michelin-starred Dining

The definitive Michelin Guide is known as the go-to source for the best dining in metropoles around the world, from New York to Tokyo. However, a number of starred restaurants ... Read more »

On Your Next Vancouver Layover, Explore the Nearby City of Richmond

© Alamy All listings featured in this story are independently selected by our editors. However, when you book something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Vancouver ... Read more »

Howard University Students Protest Unlivable Conditions: "Our University Lacks Communication and Transparency"

© Getty / Drew Angerer Howard University Students Protest Unlivable Conditions: “Our University Lacks Communication and Transparency” Content warning: This post contains mentions of mold, rodents, and police violence towards ... Read more »

Why Fans Think The Submarine Makes No Sense In Fear TWD Season 7

AMC “Fear the Walking Dead” is the spin-off to AMC’s smash-hit zombie apocalypse series, “The Walking Dead.” Since Season 4, the show has mostly followed “The Walking Dead” mainstay Morgan ... Read more »

You Don't Need to Negative Split Every Race

The idea of running negative splits has been so ingrained in us, it’s as rudimentary of a skill for runners as tying your shoes. At some point, every runner needs ... Read more »

Woke protests equal power plays and other commentary

Dave Chappelle Mathieu Bitton/Netflix Iconoclast: Woke Protests = Power Plays “As corporations go, Netflix is as woke as they come,” notes Frank Furedi at Spiked. But “once you go down ... Read more »

Mino Raiola outlines Paul Pogba contract stance amid Manchester United future talk

Mino Raiola says there is “no update” on discussions with Manchester United regarding a new contract for Paul Pogba. Approaching the final eight months of his current deal, speculation over ... Read more »

Inside Breeze Airways' swanky Airbus A220 with a whopping 36 first-class recliners

© Provided by The Points Guy MSN has partnered with The Points Guy for our coverage of credit card products. MSN and The Points Guy may receive a commission from ... Read more »

Mountain Dew Has a New Seasonal Drink, and It Tastes Like Holiday Cookies

© Unsplash / Anil Xavier Mountain Dew Has a New Seasonal Drink, and It Tastes Like Holiday Cookies View this post on Instagram OK, wait . . . we used ... Read more »

Jennifer Aniston & Victoria Beckham Swear By These High-Quality Eye Masks

© Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection. No matter how famous you are, you still have to deal with under-eye circles and wrinkles. It’s a universal problem that we all want solutions for. ... Read more »

Gemma Chan's Abs And Legs Look Unbelievably Toned In A Crop Top And Minidress

© Mondadori Portfolio – Getty Images Gemma Chan, 38, showed off her sculpted abs and legs in a crop top and a minidress on the ‘Eternals’ red carpet. Pilates and ... Read more »

8 of the Best Jump Ropes to Kick Start Your Fitness Goals

<figure role="img" aria-label="SLIDE 2 of 9, A tangle-free workout is guaranteed with the Benvo Weighted Ropeless Jump Rope ($13), and beginners will love that they don’t need to make any ... Read more »

Criminal charges not ruled out in shooting on Alec Baldwin film - report

FILE PHOTO: Actor Alec Baldwin speaks at a protest against U.S. President-elect Donald Trump outside the Trump International Hotel in New York City (Reuters) – Criminal charges have not been ... Read more »

Democrats Unveil a Corporate Minimum Tax, Eyeing $400 Billion

(Bloomberg) — Three key senators released legislation that would require some U.S. companies to pay a minimum 15% rate on profits they report to their corporate shareholders, in lawmakers’ latest ... Read more »

House Democrats reintroduce bill to empower public sector unions

House Democrats on Tuesday reintroduced a bill to expand the right of government workers to unionize, a key priority for President Biden and prominent labor groups. © Getty Images House ... Read more »

UN experts criticize US for deportation of Haitian migrants, allege 'racialized exclusion'

United Nations human rights experts this week criticized the U.S. for the expulsion of Haitian migrants last month in response to a surge of tens of thousands of Haitians to ... Read more »

Indigenous Ecuadorans block roads to protest fuel prices

Indigenous Ecuadorans blocked roads with rocks and burning tires Tuesday to protest soaring fuel prices as the country grapples with a state of emergency and battles challenges on multiple fronts. ... Read more »

Let's shoot the messenger: The Loeries 2021 reframe creative excellence

This year’s awards underscored the need for media people to think differently: they not only need to understand tech, but also the value of radical collaboration. © Copyright (c) Daily ... Read more »

Tsunamis of aid can be a force for good if used for real development

Expensive Poverty: Why Aid Fails and How It Can Work by Greg Mills is a timely and thoughtful book about an important issue. © Copyright (c) Daily Maverick , All ... Read more »

Spanish operator Renfe mulls move for Paris-London route to rival Eurostar

© Provided by City AM Spanish rail operator Renfe is reportedly seeking to operate a new service between Paris and London, initiating talks with the Spanish ministry of Finance to ... Read more »

‘Cruel' puppy experiment was ‘mistakenly' linked to US health agency

© National Institutes of Health Two dogs lie on a table as part of an experiment mistakenly attributed to a project supported by the US government – National Institutes of ... Read more »

Calum Chambers emerges as Arsenal's unlikely hero after ending two-year wait

Supersub Calum Chambers – three consecutive words you won’t have read very often – sprang from the bench like a caped crusader. And as Arsenal’s unlikely hero broke Leeds’ resistance ... Read more »

U.S. Senate Democrats unveil details of 15% minimum corporate tax plan

© Reuters/ELIZABETH FRANTZ U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) walks to the Senate floor during a vote at the U.S. Capitol in Washington By David Morgan (Reuters) -Democratic U.S. senators on ... Read more »

Students stage walkout as sexual assault case in Virginia school bathroom becomes lightning rod in state

© 7 News I Team Students walked out of class in Loudoun County, Virginia, on Tuesday – 7 News I Team Students in Loudoun County, Virginia, staged a walkout on ... Read more »

Rishi Sunak forsees ‘new age of optimism' as he starts building for life after Covid

Rishi Sunak will say on Wednesday that it is time to start building the “post-Covid” economy as better than expected growth figures gave him tens of billions of pounds extra to ... Read more »

Turkey shortage: Farming bosses warn MPs over Christmas shortfalls

© PA Archive Christmas turkeys Turkey farmers fear shortages of workers could cause the Christmas dinner centrepiece to disappear off some of our tables this year. Farming bosses have warned ... Read more »

Revealed: How fitting a heat pump could LOWER your home's green rating

© Provided by This Is Money MailOnline logo Heat pumps will be installed in millions of homes as part of the Government’s green goal to turn the nation carbon neutral ... Read more »

Street-Spotted: Land Rover 127 Pickup

© Autoweek Land Rover pickups are making their way stateside, and they’re far from the lavishly optioned V8 models. Here’s what this one offered. Land Rover brought the Defender to ... Read more »

Reaching for the Lube Has Never Been Easier With This State-of-the-Art Warming Dispenser

Picture this: Things are getting ~hot and heavy~ with your partner. The mood is right, you’re feeling sexy. You’re ready to cut to the action, when you go to grab ... Read more »

10 Trader Joe's Slow Cooker Essentials

Now that fall has made its ceremonious return in the form of colorful leaves, flannel, and pumpkin spice lattes, it’s time to officially pack up those margarita glasses and dust ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic