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Aukus: France's ambassador recall is ‘tip of the iceberg', say analysts

Added 09-18-21 11:09:02am EST - “Aukus pact announcement ‘puts a big rift in Nato alliance’ for France, says former UK ambassador” - Theguardian.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theguardian.com: “Aukus: France’s ambassador recall is ‘tip of the iceberg’, say analysts”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

France’s historic decision to recall its ambassadors to the US and Australia is far more than a diplomatic spat, analysts have warned.

The move, in protest at Canberra’s surprise decision to cancel an order for French-built submarines and its security pact with Washington and London, will affect France and Europe’s role in Nato and already strained relations with the UK.

French officials have accused Australia, the US and the UK of behaving in an underhand, duplicitous manner that has betrayed and humiliated France.

“This is far more than just a diplomatic spat, the withdrawal of ambassadors is the tip of the iceberg,” Peter Ricketts, a former permanent undersecretary at the Foreign Office and former UK ambassador to France, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“There is a deep sense of betrayal in France because this wasn’t just an arms contract, this was France setting up a strategic partnership with Australia and the Australians have now thrown that away and negotiated behind the backs of France with two Nato allies, the US and UK, to replace it with a completely different contract.

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