France recalls envoys from U.S. and Australia
France plunged into an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with the US and Australia on Friday after withdrawing its ambassadors from both countries over a trilateral security agreement between the two nations and Britain.
French President Emmanuel Macron's rare decision came after Australia announced it would abandon a $ 40 billion deal with French company Naval Group to build conventional submarines.
Instead, it would build at least eight nuclear submarines using US and British technology.
The new alliance - called AUKUS - is intended to strengthen security in the Indo-Pacific.
France called it a stab in the back.
The US and Australia said they regret France's decision and would work to resolve differences in the coming days.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday denied criticism France had for not being warned of the new deal and said he raised the possibility in talks with Macron.
"These are matters that President Macron and I have discussed on many occasions."
France has so far made no mention of withdrawing its ambassador to the UK, but a diplomatic source said France believed
Britain entered the deal in an opportunistic way.
Tense relationships among long-standing allies come as the US and other countries seek additional support in Asia and the Pacific amid concerns over the increasing influence of a more confident China.
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