BREAKING NEWS: France RECALLS its ambassador to the US amid row over new US-UK-Australia pact


BREAKING NEWS: France RECALLS its ambassador to the US amid row over new US-UK-Australia pact


In a stunning break with the United States’ oldest ally, France has recalled its ambassador to the US after a blowup over a new pact between the US, Great Britain, and Australia.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves LeDrain announced the move Friday night, saying it came in a request from French President Francois Macron. 

He cited the ‘exceptional seriousness of the announcements’ – which caught France off guard and resulted in the cancelation of multi-billion dollar contracts for Australia to build and purchase French diesel submarines for its defense. 

ATHENS, GREECE - SEPTEMBER 17:  French President Emmanuel Macron delivering a statement during the EUMed9 Summit at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on September 17, 2021 in Athens, Greece. The group represents an alliance of southern European Union countries: Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain.  (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

ATHENS, GREECE – SEPTEMBER 17: French President Emmanuel Macron delivering a statement during the EUMed9 Summit at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on September 17, 2021 in Athens, Greece. The group represents an alliance of southern European Union countries: Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

He called the nixing of the sub contract ‘unacceptable behavior.’ 

The move, reported by the Associated Press, comes amid a huge backlash in France over the move.

The U.S. during regular diplomatic events with French diplomats points to France’s essential support for the U.S. during the American Revolution, and numerous US presidents have taken part in annual commemorations of the Normandy invasion that attest to the close historical bonds between the two nations.

The stunning diplomatic slap comes a day after France made a lesser statement by nixing planned events at the US embassy in Washington and another event in Baltimore.

It all came at the end of a week where President Joe Biden announced a new agreement between the US, the UK, and Australia, in a move meant to counter China and bolster security in the Indo-Pacific region.

Under the terms, Australia for the first time would purchase US-made nuclear submarines, which are quieter, faster, and must come to port less frequently than diesel or electric boats.

The move infuriated France, which said it had not been informed long in advance. 

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