The French president has been accused of compromising France’s international relations by completely focusing the country’s foreign policy on European integration. In an opinion piece entitled “The AUKUS Pact, a consequence of French inconsistency”, the French daily La Tribune argued that Macron’s obsession with Brussels is interpreted internationally as a desire to move away from the Indo-Pacific alliances of the country.
Referring to the AUKUS defense deal between Australia, the UK and the US, for which France lost a lucrative submarine deal, they added: “If Australia s’ is diverted from the strategic partnership signed with France, it is because of the ‘unbearable lightness’ of Paris on the Caledonian file. “
Quoting the article on Twitter, Generation Frexit leader Charles-Henri Gallois said France will “disappear” soon in the eyes of international, non-European allies, unless Macron’s fixation with the Brussels bloc is stopped. .
He writes: “The fanatical obsession with the EU makes France disappear in the world! Frexit!
Mr Teahn blasted the French fallout from the Aukus deal, which saw President Macron watch a € 31 billion submarine contract tear up as Australia formed a security partnership with the United Kingdom and the United States.
Mr. Tehan explained: “Obviously, I wanted to meet the French Minister of Commerce and I was going to meet their main group of companies. These two meetings could not take place.
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Despite this, Mr Tehan said the pair told each other they “look forward to” catching up when “circumstances permit” as tensions continue to mount around the Aukus deal.
He went on to recognize how this was a “difficult time in our relations with France at the moment” and said it will take time to resolve.
Discussing the Aukus deal, the trade minister noted that although signing the pact was a “difficult decision”, he stressed that there was no alternative when it came to the national interest of Australia and the protection of its people.
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The minister was then pushed by Sky’s Rita Panahi as she asked how long President Macron’s ‘tantrum’ would continue and when relations could return to pre-Aukus levels.
He replied: “I think it may take a while, obviously there is a big disappointment from their side.
“But the most important thing from an Australian perspective is that we continue to explain the reasons why we did this.
Mr Tehan made it clear that Aukus’ decision gave Australia access to “very sophisticated” nuclear and AI technology that was simply not available through the French.
AUKUS deal saw Australia tear up a massive € 31 billion diesel-powered submarine construction contract with the French to research ways to produce nuclear submarines with the help of US technology .