French President Emmanuel Macron’s anger over Paris being cut out of a nuclear submarine construction arrangement with Australia is not likely to ebb anytime soon, according to reports, as the embattled leader seeks to settle on additional responses.
The French leader’s angst stems from a deal that appears to have been done behind Paris’ back involving the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia as part of a new defense pact aimed at corralling an expansive and increasingly capable and aggressive China.
Earlier, Paris and Canberra had worked out a deal for a dozen French-designed diesel submarines — Australia’s first — worth $66 billion. But the new tripartite agreement cuts France out of the equation entirely.
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