AUKUS: France will lose out by going off 'in huff' says expert
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Mr Seely told GB News how President Macron and the French have far more to lose from a business point of view than the UK if they continue to kick off after being left out of the Aukus security pact between the US, UK and Australia which will see the latter leave behind a €31billion submarine building contract with France and instead begin using US technology to create nuclear submarines themselves.
Mr Seely said: “They seem to have been very offended which is fair enough, they had a big deal and the Australian’s changed their mind.”
But he stressed how when circumstances change “you change your opinions” under the circumstances.
Mr Seely went on to say how it was wise and “entirely right” of the Australian’s to walk away from the French submarine deal which produced diesel powered vessels.
He explained how the diesel submarines in fact put Australia at a “significant disadvantage” to China’s nuclear powered submarine technology and put Australia at threat.
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But Mr Seely went further in his criticism as he lambasted France for their massive outcry over the new security pact.
He suggested how Britain’s defence market is an “awful lot” more open to French companies than the French markets are to British businesses.
As result he warned the French of going “off in a huff” as he stressed they are set to lose “significantly” far more business access to British markets than British companies will to French ones as he ridiculed President Macron for his reaction.
The comments come as on Monday Prime Minister Boris Johnson told a press conference in the US that the relationship between the UK and France does not have to be “adversarial” as he hit back at his French counterpart following the anger.
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Mr Johnson slammed: “This is just a way of the UK, the US and Australia sharing certain technologies because that is the sensible thing to do in the world we find ourselves.
“But that does not in anyway mean that we wish to be adversarial to anyone else or exclusive or crowding anybody else out!”
The massive €31billion submarine building contract is one of the countries’ biggest defence partnerships in decades as the deal intends to challenge the growing military power of China in the Asia-Pacific.
But China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said it “seriously undermines regional peace and stability and intensifies the arms race”.
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The scrapping of the deal is a major blow to big promises made by President Macron who told the French following his election that “France is back” alluding to the role the country will play on the world stage.
It comes as France has recalled its diplomats in the US and Australia as they simmer with rage at the new deal they’ve been left out of.
France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told France Info radio the deal snub is “really a stab in the back.”
The new partnership was announced during a joint virtual press conference between US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday.
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