Le Drian deplores the “reflexes” of an era since “bygone”

The Minister of Foreign Affairs regretted “the permanence of reflexes of an era that we hoped to be over” after the cancellation of the submarine contract between France and Australia for the benefit of the Americans.

Its presence at the UN is above all intended to make France’s voice heard on the Afghan situation. Jean-Yves Le Drian, however, wished to recall, ahead of the United Nations General Assembly, the anger and disappointment of his government after the breach of the submarine contract between France and Australia for the benefit of the States. -United.

“It is the permanence of reflexes of an era that we hoped to be over,” lamented the Minister of Foreign Affairs in a clear allusion to the tenure of former US President Donald Trump, “and it is not so much the pronounced breach of an armament contract, of an industrial contract […] but the subject is first and foremost that of the breach of trust between allies. “

“The alliance means transparency”, “predictability”, “explanation”, “talking to each other,” not hiding “, he said,” all of this requires clarification today ” .

He once again deplored the “brutality of the announcement” made by US President Joe Biden on September 15 of a new strategic alliance with Australia and the United Kingdom, which torpedoed a mega-contract of French submarines at Canberra.

A Macron-Biden call “in the coming days”

The minister also deplored the “very confrontational orientation” which is emerging, on the American side, vis-à-vis China, believing that the Europeans should defend an “alternative model” rather passing by “a competition”, sometimes “muscular”. He regretted that Europe was “excluded” from Washington’s strategy for the Indo-Pacific region.

Jean-Yves Le Drian did not want to say when the expected phone call would take place between French President Emmanuel Macron and his American counterpart Joe Biden. It will be “in the days to come,” he said only.

As for him, he “did not plan a meeting” with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in New York. “I would have the opportunity to meet him in the halls,” he said only.

Hugues Garnier with AFP BFMTV reporter

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