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US News: Australian submarine contract. "Great disappointment" of French Naval Group

Lead 1-France regrets the decision of Australia to have US nuclear submarines

 Lead 1-France regrets the decision of Australia to have US nuclear submarines Australia - Security / Submarines - France (Lead 1): Lead 1-France regrets the decision of Australia to have American nuclear submarines (adds details, details) Paris, September 16 (Reuters) - France took note of the decision of the Australian Government to stop the "Future" ocean class submarine program Submarine Program "(FSP) announced Thursday the French ministers of foreign affairs and armies in a joint statement.

Ce contrat représente 50 milliards de dollars australiens (31 milliards d'euros) . © Archives Ouest-France. This contract represents 50 billion Australian dollars (€ 31 billion).

The decision of Australia to have nuclear propulsion submarines in partnership with the United States and the United Kingdom is a "great disappointment" for Naval Group.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Wednesday that his country would have nuclear propulsion submarines as part of a new partnership in the Indo-Pacific region in concert with the United States and the United Kingdom. -United.

"The first major initiative of (this new pact called) + Aukus + will be to deliver a nuclear-propulsion submarine fleet to Australia," he said, appearing in videoconference with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson , and with the President Joe Biden at the White House.

After the breakup of the submarine contract by Australia, the Drian denounces "a blow in the back"

 After the breakup of the submarine contract by Australia, the Drian denounces © Copyright 2021, the Obs France has castiped Canberra and Washington on Thursday, September 16, denouncing a " Coup in the back "Australian and a" brutal "decision of Joe Biden after the announcement of a strategic partnership between Australia, the United States and Great Britain, which led to the rupture of a gigantic French submarine supply contract to Australia.

Australian $ 50 billion contract

The decision of Australia to have nuclear-propulsion submarines in partnership with the United States and the United Kingdom constitutes a "great disappointment" for Naval Group, Reacted Wednesday the French defense industrialist, who sees a contract of Australian $ 50 billion (€ 31 billion) torpedo by this ad.

"The Commonwealth of Australia did not wish to initiate the next phase of the program, which is a great disappointment for Naval Group which proposed to Australia a conventional submarine of regional superiority with exceptional performance," said The group in a declaration transmitted to AFP.

"Naval Group also offered Australia sovereignty in this area by making commitments ever taken by any industrialists with the transfer of local technology, content and employment", pleads the industrialist. Naval Group had been selected in 2016 by Canberra to provide 12 conventional (non-nuclear) submarines derived from future French Nuclear submarines Barracuda.

Submarines: France cancels a ceremony at Washington

 Submarines: France cancels a ceremony at Washington © Arnaud Beinat / Maxppp Submarines L Es French authorities canceled a planned gala evening Friday in Washington, confirmed Thursday to the Agence France- Press A responsible under the cover of anonymity, after the rupture of the "century contract" of supply of French submarines to the Australia , which generated a transatlantic crisis.

"The analysis of the consequences of this sovereign Australian decision will be conducted with the Commonwealth of Australia in the coming days," says Naval Group. The French industrialist had for several months under the fire of criticisms in Australia where we denounce the additional costs of the program, denied by Naval Group.

major reverses

"For five years, Naval Group's teams in France as in Australia, and those of our partners, have fully mobilized. They gave the best of themselves and Naval Group honored all its commitments, "said the industrialist. Submarines were to be built in Australia and the industrialist had committed that 60% of the value of the contract be spent in Australia and creating nearly 1,800 jobs in Australia in the coming years.

The Australian Ministry of Defense mentioned in early June the threat of a "plan B" in case of failure of the negotiations of the next phase of the contract, called "Basic Design" of the buildings. The Australian authorities intended to be concluded by the end of September.

Faced with China's critics, Australia says Defend International Law

 Faced with China's critics, Australia says Defend International Law © AFP Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (left), and Chinese President Xi Jinping (right). The Australian Prime Minister explained Friday that the military alliance with the United States and the United Kingdom aimed to respond to the current situation in the Asia-Pacific region, where the territories are increasingly disputed and where the Rivalry with China intensifies.

At the end of a meeting "2 + 2" between the defense ministers and foreign affairs of the two countries, on August 30, France and Australia still stated in a common statement their will " Deepen cooperation in the field of the defense industry "and" emphasized the importance of the future submarine program "linking both countries.

"France, a key ally," says Canberra's foot change is therefore a major setback for the Indo-Pacific strategy put in place by the

President Emmanuel Macron

, based on close partnerships with the India and Australia and whose Australian submarine contract was a figurehead facing the Chinese ambitions in the region. The United States hopes to "work closely with France and other key players" in the Indo-Pacific region, "said US President Joe Biden on Wednesday by announcing a new partnership in this strategic area with Australia and the United Kingdom.

"France, in particular, has an important presence in Indo-Pacific and it is a partner and a key ally," said Biden. The new trilateral pact must allow Australia to have nuclear-powered submarines, which could question a huge order of about 31 billion euros spent by Canberra to France.

Submarine crisis: "It's an arm of iron" that starts between France and the United States .
© Brendan Smialowski / Pool / AFP Emmanuel Macron and Joe Biden spoke on Wednesday on the phone. A call, a press release and the ax of war has been buried. Emmanuel Macron and Joe Biden spoke on the phone at the request of the US President to "examine the consequences" of the submarine crisis. During the call, Joe Biden acknowledged that "open consultations between allies on issues of strategic interest in France and the European partners would have allowed to avoid the situation" .

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