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.
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 .
“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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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 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.