Nigel Farage has suggested the UK could be on the verge of a “showdown” with France after Emmanuel Macron criticized his country’s exclusion from the AUKUS deal. France’s coffers were to benefit from an agreement with Australia but Canberra finally withdrew in exchange for a new agreement with London and Washington for a series of new nuclear submarines. GB News panelist Paul Embery suggested the UK should let Macron continue his “crisis of spite” before resuming diplomatic relations with Paris.
“And the question is what do we do? “
Mr. Embery replied, “I am thinking of careful diplomacy. I know it’s a favorite pastime in Britain to denigrate the French and vice versa. It’s a good-humored sport and I guess we all participate in it from time to time.
“I can understand to some extent their annoyance with what happened with regard to the Aukus deal, the fact that they were only notified a week before the deal was signed.” .
“I can imagine, if the boot was on the other foot, we might have been slightly irritated if France had had something like that. “
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“When you have a close international partner, they have some justification for feeling what they are feeling.
“You have to be a diplomat and try to put things back in place. But they throw their toys out of the stroller, Macron and the French.
“Likewise, it is also in their interest to maintain a harmonious relationship. So let them get their little pissed off and try to get things back to normal. “
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US President Joe Biden and President Macron have sought to restore relations following the announcement of the Aukus deal, with France agreeing to fire its ambassador to Washington and the White House admitting to having made a mistake in negotiating an agreement for Australia to buy American submarines instead of French ones without consulting. Paris.
President Biden and Mr Macron have agreed to launch in-depth consultations to restore confidence and meet in Europe at the end of October.
The two men said Washington had pledged to step up “support for counterterrorism operations in the Sahel led by European states,” which US officials said meant continued logistical support rather than the deployment of US special forces. .
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Indignant by the American, British and Australian agreement, France recalled its ambassadors from Washington and Canberra.
“The two leaders agreed that the situation would have benefited from open consultations between allies on issues of strategic interest to France and our European partners,” said the joint American and French statement.
“President Biden has expressed his continued commitment in this regard. “