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Australia and the United States have lied about forming a tripartite security alliance: France

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The French foreign minister has accused Australia and the United States of lying about forming a new tripartite security alliance in the Indo-Pacific region.

The new security deal has cost France billions of dollars in a multi-billion-dollar deal to build Australia’s submarines. Outraged France has summoned its ambassadors from the United States and Australia.

In an interview with France 2 television on Saturday, the country’s foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, accused the two countries of “deception, breach of trust and contempt”.

The United States and the United Kingdom will provide Australia with the technology to build a nuclear-powered submarine for the first time under the Akas security agreement. The move cancels France’s multibillion-dollar deal with Australia.

The new security alliance is thought to have been formed in an effort to counter Beijing’s growing influence in the South China Sea.

On Wednesday, US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the tripartite alliance. Just hours earlier, France had been informed of the new alliance.

La Drian said there was a “serious crisis” among allies.

“The fact that, for the first time in the history of US-French relations, we have summoned our ambassador to discuss a serious political move, is an indication of the scale of our current crisis with the two countries,” he told France 2.

He said the ambassadors had been called in to “re-evaluate the situation”.

He accused the United Kingdom of being a “perpetual opportunist” and said France did not see “any need” to send an ambassador.

“The role of Britain in this whole process is very much for the audience,” he said.

The BBC says the new defense deal means Australia is set to become the seventh country in the world to own a nuclear-powered submarine. The new defense alliance will also focus on cyber capabilities, artificial intelligence and “extra capabilities at the bottom of the sea,” Akas said in a statement.

A White House official said the Biden administration would try to resolve the dispute with France in the coming days.

The Australian foreign minister said he understood France’s “frustration” and hoped to work with France to reassure it of “how important” the two countries’ relationship was.

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