President Joe Biden upset French officials upon announcing a security alliance with Australia and the United Kingdom.
In response, French President Emmanuel Macron has taken the initiative to recall a pair of his country’s ambassadors, Breitbart reports.
“At the request of the President of the Republic, I have decided to immediately recall our two ambassadors to the United States and Australia to Paris for consultations,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said, according to Breitbart.
France responds to new alliance
The move came after Biden’s announcement of a new trilateral Indo-Pacific alliance aimed at addressing China’s growing influence in the region.
As a result of the alliance, Australia confirmed that it had decided to call off a $90 billion deal to acquire French-designed nuclear-powered submarines. Instead, that nation will look for subs that will work better alongside American and British ships and has now entered into a deal with the United States.
Further complicating matters, reports indicate Biden kept France out of the loop.
In fact, the White House acknowledged that it only told France about the plan hours before the news became public, which enraged Macron.
“Trust has been betrayed”
Le Drian said in his statement that the move amounted to “a stab in the back,” declaring that “trust has been betrayed” between his nation and the U.S.
“The cancellation of the Attack class submarine program binding Australia and France since 2016, and the announcement of a new partnership with the United States meant to launch studies on a possible future cooperation on nuclear-powered submarines, constitute unacceptable behavior between allies and partners, whose consequences directly affect the vision we have of our alliances, of our partnerships and of the importance of the Indo-Pacific for Europe,” he added.
In addition to recalling ambassadors, the French embassy also canceled a gala in D.C. commemorating the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Capes.
The Biden administration has sought to reiterate the importance of the U.S.-France alliance in the wake of the recent backlash, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s declaration that “we cooperate closely with France on many shared priorities in the Indo-Pacific but also beyond around the world” and will “continue to do so.”
Thus far, however, it appears that France is not buying it.