Paris / Australia / UK / Diplomacy / Foreign Affairs / Politics

France cancels defense summit with UK over submarine row

Posted On: 24 Oct 2021   |   Posted By: Politico

France has canceled a Franco-British defense ministers' summit, which was due to take place this week, after Australia ditched a submarine contract with Paris and instead made a deal with Washington and London, AFP reported on Sunday evening.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and his French counterpart Florence Parly had been due to hold a bilateral meeting in London and address the two-day Franco-British Council, alongside defense chiefs from both countries. Yet the gathering has now been postponed until a later date.
A U.K. official told POLITICO it was a “postponement, not a cancellation.” No new date has been chosen yet.
“We have a strong and close working defense partnership with the French as trusted allies of the U.K.,” the official added. “They are an important ally.”
Paris is furious after Australia scrapped a troubled contract for new diesel submarines with a French contractor opting instead for a nuclear-powered alternative following secret negotiations with Washington and London.
While France was...

Continue reading ...

 








United States Grand Prix LIVE: Lewis Hamilton seeking big win in Max...

United States Grand Prix LIVE: Lewis Hamilton seeking big win in Max Verstappen title duel

United States Grand Prix LIVE: Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are both seeking an important victory in the Formula One title fight in Austin, Texas. Express Sport provides... Read more ...

Ronald Koeman's car mobbed by furious Barcelona fans after Real Madrid defeat

Ronald Koeman's car mobbed by furious Barcelona fans after Real Madrid defeat

Goals from David Alaba and Lucas Vazquez saw Real Madrid go 2-0 up against their bitter rivals and a late Sergio Aguero goal could not prove enough to save Barcelona Read more ...

Bus firms report crippling staff shortages as workers quit for better-paid...

Bus firms report crippling staff shortages as workers quit for better-paid HGV roles

The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK, which represents National Express and Stagecoach, estimates there are more than 4,000 vacancies for bus and coach drivers at present. Read more ...

Gary Neville delivers brutal Man Utd verdict - Liverpool ‘obliterated' Ole...

Gary Neville delivers brutal Man Utd verdict - Liverpool ‘obliterated' Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side

It was an afternoon to forget for Manchester United at Old Trafford (Picture: Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images) Gary Neville delivered a scathing verdict of Manchester... Read more ...

Solskjaer insists he will NOT quit but under-fire boss admits Man Utd have...

Read more ...

Professor denies accusation that he used ‘swarm of bees' to scare off home...

Read more ...

Jurgen Klopp hails ‘exceptional' Liverpool after ‘insane' 5-0 thrashing of...

Read more ...

Marseille vs PSG FREE: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time, team news for...

Read more ...

Gary Neville rips into Man Utd for ‘capitulating' against Liverpool and says...

Read more ...

Dementia patient, 92, waited four months to be discharged from hospital

Dementia patient, 92, waited four months to be discharged from hospital

Read more ...