French Defense Minister Florence Parly was booed as she delivered a statement in the Senate about the crisis caused by Australia’s cancellation of the submarine agreement with Paris and the agreement with the United States and Britain.
Florence Parly also spoke in the Senate about the diplomatic crisis caused by the cancellation of the submarine agreement, saying that Australia had broken France’s trust and that they could not predict this situation.
“We cannot write history backward, otherwise we put ourselves in the shoes of judges or prosecutors.
But I understand the Senate intends it,” senators who booed Barley responded by hitting the seats.
The French Minister of Defense was also unable to continue her speech without the intervention of the President of the Senate.
Arguing that Australia’s position shows that there is no political dialogue within NATO, Parley also assessed that this does not require leaving NATO, but that NATO should define a new strategic concept.
“Being an ally does not mean being hostage to the interests of others,” Minister Parly said.
Senator Rachid Temal pointed out that France has not witnessed such humiliation since the Fifth Republic, and that the submarine crisis says a lot about the government’s management and record.
Temal noted that a prominent Australian newspaper raised issues related to the agreement on June 2.
President Emmanuel Macron also criticized NATO in November 2019, calling it a “brain dead” organization.
And after the AUKUS Agreement was signed by Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom on September 16.
A $90 billion (US$66 billion) contract with France’s Naval Group to build 12 conventional diesel-electric submarines has been announced.
“We were stabbed in the back,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in his assessment of the cancellation of the agreement as a “betrayal.”
And Le Drian announced on the instructions of French President Emmanuel Macron that they had decided to urgently recall the French ambassadors in Canberra and Washington for consultations.