Australia has angered France by tearing up a 2019 supply contract for 12 attack submarines with a surprise agreement Sept. 16 for the delivery of American nuclear submarines.
In what French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called a “stab in the back,” he deplored the Tuesday, Sept. 16 Australian decision to renege on its contract to buy 12 attack submarines from France.
“We had built a trusting relationship. Now that trust has been betrayed,” Le Drian added. “Such a unilateral, brutal and unforeseeable decision strongly recalls [Donald] Trump,” added the minister, who concluded this “deal of the century” while he was defense minister.