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The German Chancellor agreed to buy US maritime patrol planes for € 1.1 billion (£ 950 million) last week. The “interim” agreement with the United States has sparked outrage in France because it could have damaging repercussions for the Franco-German Maritime Airborne Warfare System (MAWS) program. But President Macron will now withdraw from the Franco-German military program.

And the French leader would have been “exasperated” by the actions of Ms. Merkel.
The French daily La Tribune reports: “The cup is full for France.

“According to our information, Paris will soon announce the end of its participation in the Franco-German MAWS program and will look to a Franco-French solution.

“The decision of Germany to buy five P-8A Poseidon (Boeing) planes in the United States for 1.43 billion euros, has very strongly annoyed France, and the Elysee, yet so far very Germanophile .

“But enough is enough.
“The decision does not really pass, as indeed the uncertainties on other programs in cooperation with Germany, in particular the Tiger Mark 3, which is a priority for the army.

“Especially since in France, nobody really believes in the purchase of five P-8A Poseidon planes as a ‘temporary solution’ replacing the old P-3C Orions of the German Air Force.

“Obviously, Paris thinks it has been deceived by Berlin. “

The German-American agreement was announced by Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

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The planes will tentatively replace Germany’s aging fleet of Lockheed P-3C Orion aircraft.

Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer said Germany remained committed to developing a longer-term replacement with France under the Maritime Airborne Warfare System, or MAWS, program.

This is not the first time that Germany has infuriated France over a military and defense decision.

In May, France, Germany and Spain said they had reached an agreement on next steps in the development of a new fighter jet, Europe’s largest defense project at an estimated cost of more than 100 billion euros (£ 86 billion).

France in particular described the combat aircraft project – which includes a manned and unmanned aircraft of the new generation – essential for Europe to strengthen its defense autonomy and face competition from China, Russia and the United States.

France and Germany initially set the end of April for an agreement, but a dispute over the sharing of intellectual property rights has delayed negotiations.

French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly tweeted: “France, Germany and Spain are building one of the most important tools for their sovereignty and that of Europe in the 21st century. “

Critics of the plan, however, lamented a betrayal of French President Macron in favor of Merkel’s demands.

The next phase of development of the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) is expected to cost 3.5 billion euros (£ 3 billion), to be shared equally between the three countries.

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