The French ambassador to Australia said the Australian authorities lied to him and mentioned the risks of confrontation in Asia to justify the conclusion of a secret agreement on submarines with the United States and Great Britain. This has undermined confidence in democratic alliances.
Ambassador Jean-Pierre Thibault stressed on Friday that France is determined to protect its interests in the Indo-Pacific region, and to advance Europe’s geopolitical strategy in the face of China’s growing influence.
Ambassador Jean-Pierre Thibault at Sydney Airport on September 18 before leaving Australia
Thibault spoke in an interview with The Associated Press, before returning to his office in Canberra.
“The way your allies are treated resonates in the region. The logic of confrontation is not good for peace and stability in the region. We believe thatWe must act differently. “
The French government summoned Tybalt to Paris last month with the French Ambassador to the United States, where the unprecedented diplomatic action reflected the depth of France irritated by agreement for Australia Acquire a fleet of eight nuclear submarines built using American technology.
Australian Army submarine (archive)
The Washington, London and Canberra deal, which was hidden from French authorities, canceled a previous $ 66 billion contract with Australia for the purchase of 12 conventional diesel-electric submarines from a French company.
Whatever the contract, France believes the deal damaged old alliances and that its interests in the Pacific, where two million citizens and 7,000 troops are based, are being ignored.