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Australian submarines: were there any “warning signs” of breach of contract?

2021-09-24T06:23:21.461Z

THE VERIFICATION - The British press compares the surprise creation of the "Aukus" alliance between Washington, Canberra and London to a "John Le Carré novel". Australian criticisms of the French “contract of the century”, on the other hand, were old.



THE QUESTION

. In 2016, when France and Australia signed the “

contract of the century

” for the acquisition of 12 conventionally powered submarines for the Australian Navy, there was talk of a “

50-year marriage

” between the two countries, already prepared by the announcement of a "

strategic partnership

" in 2012. Alas, this marriage quickly turned out to be

at least

skittish, criticism against the Franco-Australian project having quickly flocked to Canberra. Given the magnitude of the stakes, difficulties were certainly inevitable. But between such criticisms, fueled by various actors, and the brutal abandonment of the "

contract of the century

»On September 15 for the benefit of a new tripartite alliance between Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom, with a new offer for the purchase of 8 nuclear-powered submarines. has a chasm.

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At Naval Group, neither in France, nor in Australia, we had no warning sign or the slightest information that we were becoming a plan B in favor of a plan A associating the United States and the United Kingdom

», Assured

Le Figaro

the president of Naval Group, Pierre Eric Pommellet. "

The discussions between these two countries and Australia have undoubtedly been conducted within a very small circle at the highest political level for several months,

" he said in his first official statement since the shock announcement . Was this dramatic turnaround a complete surprise? Or, in retrospect, were there "

warning signs

" of the breach of the Franco-Australian contract?

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Source: lefigaro

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