French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian condemned on Thursday Australia’s decision to procure American nuclear-powered submarines, scrapping its previous €56 billion deal with France. “This is a real stab in the back. We built a relationship of trust with Australia, this trust is betrayed,” he said.
Le Drian also compared the AUKUS agreement to the behavior of the Trump administration. “This unilateral, brutal, unpredictable decision reminds me a lot of what Mr. Trump used to do,” he commented, adding that such things “are not done between allies.” He stated the matter is not over and that France will ask for clarifications about existing contracts with Australia.