France regrets Australia’s decision to acquire US nuclear submarines


France has taken note of the Australian government’s decision to halt the “Future Submarine Program” (FSP) ocean-class submarine program, French foreign and armed ministers announced in a joint statement on Thursday. “The US choice that leads to the dismissal of an ally like France from a structural partnership with Australia, at a time when we are facing unprecedented challenges in the Indo-Pacific, reflects the absence of cohesion that needs to be achieved. France can not only see and regret,” said Jean-Yves Le Drian (pictured right) and Florence Parly (pictured left). / file photo / Reuters / Gonzalo Fuentes

PARIS (Reuters) – France has taken note of the Australian government’s decision to halt the “Future Submarine Program” (FSP) ocean-class submarine program, French foreign and military ministers said in a joint press release on Thursday.

“This decision is contrary to the spirit of the letter and cooperation that was prevalent between France and Australia”, it was added in the press release.

The United States, the United Kingdom and Australia on Wednesday announced the formation of a new security and defense partnership, under which Washington and London will help Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines.

The three leaders pledged to cooperate in this regard to equip Australia with nuclear-powered submarines that they believe are better suited to developing threats in the Pacific, where China considers itself more vulnerable. Showing more ambitious.

This is a 180-degree turnaround for Australia, having ordered 12 conventional propulsion submarines of the Naval Group-designed Attack class from France two years earlier, at the end of close competition with German TKMS (Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems) and Japanese Mitsubishi. had gone. / Kawasaki Union.

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“The US choice that leads to the dismissal of an ally like France from a structural partnership with Australia marks the absence of the reconciliation that we are facing at a time when we are facing unprecedented challenges in the Indo-Pacific region. France can not only see and regret,” said Jean-Yves Le Drian and Florence Parly.

French ministers have expressed the need to raise the issue of European strategic autonomy, while a joint communication on the European strategy for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region is to be published on Thursday.

BFM reported on Thursday that Naval Group expressed its “great disappointment” in a statement regretting the announcement of the partnership between Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom.

(reporting by Camille Raynaud)

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