Submarine Sales: France Condemns Australia’s Withdrawal


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.

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A California native, Hal Swindall earned an MA in English from Claremont Graduate University and a PhD in comparative literature from UC Riverside, majoring in English and minoring in French and Italian. Since then, he has wandered East Asia as an itinerant English professor, mainly teaching writing and literature. Presently, he works as an English teacher trainer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Hal's interests besides translating, editing and literature include classical music and badminton, as well as East Asian temples.

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