Macron will NOT let UK off the hook over new security pact with Australia as French diplomats blast ‘opportunistic’ move

EMMANUEL Macron reportedly won't let the UK off the hook over its new pact with Australia and the US.

The French President is said to be seething at the Asia-Pacific submarine alliance – and diplomats have blasted the move as "opportunistic".

Known as Aukus, the historic pact will see Australia build nuclear-powered submarines for the first time to counter China's rising military might. 

It sparked a major row with France as the country lost a multi-billion pound deal with Australia to build 12 diesel submarines.

France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told France Info radio: "It's really a stab in the back."

And former British ambassador to France Lord Peter Ricketts said: "France's moves so far suggest it sees Britain as 'accomplices' in the deal but that may not stop further repercussions from happening.

"Expect further French measures targeting interests of all three."

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden and Australian PM Scott Morrison announced the agreement on September 15.

Macron was reportedly caught off guard, and the country later recalled France's ambassador to the US in an extraordinary tantrum.

He stamped his foot and called back his emissary Philippe Etienne, as well as the ambassador to Australia, in an epic sulk – but he wasn't the only Frenchman hopping in fury.

One diplomatic source told Reuters: "The UK accompanied this operation opportunistically.

"We do not need to consult in Paris with our ambassador to know what to think and what conclusions to draw from it."

It's understood Macron received a letter from Mr Morrison on Wednesday announcing the cancellation of the £65billion submarine deal.

The French reached out to Washington to ask for clarification – but hours later, Biden announced the historic deal during a video conference.

Le Drian said: "We built a relationship of trust with Australia, and this trust was betrayed.

"This is not done between allies."

France cancelled a planned gala at its luxurious embassy in Washington after the diplomatic slap-down.

The fancy shindig was meant to celebrate the relationship between the US and France.


Another event in Baltimore has also been ditched.

The gala at the embassy was to mark the 240th anniversary of the Battle of the Capes, when the French Navy fought Britain's Royal Navy during the Revolutionary War. 

Under the terms of the Aukus pact, Australia is to buy US-made nuclear subs for the first time.

The models are quieter and faster. They also need to come to port far less frequently.

But France's reaction is another headache for Biden, who is facing increasing pressure from across the world on his decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.

This week, a top general admitted a US drone strike in Kabul killed an aid worker and nine members of his family – including seven children – instead of an ISIS-K operative.

Head of US Central Command, General Frank McKenzie, said the strike was a "mistake" in a press conference that could be devastating for Biden's presidency.

We built a relationship of trust with Australia, and this trust was betrayed. This is not done between allies.

A drone had observed men loading explosives into a vehicle.

In fact, victim Zemari Ahmadi had been piling the car with jugs of water.

Many of the little ones were killed as they ran to welcome him home.

Days after the devastating strike on Mr Ahmadi and his family, Biden told the nation forces would be out of Afghanistan by his August 31 deadline.

And he said America could strike at terrorists without having boots on the ground.

In a speech, he boasted: "We struck ISIS-K remotely, days after they murdered 13 of our service members and dozens of innocent Afghans.

"And to ISIS-K, we are not done with you yet."

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