Furious French minister CANCELS meeting with defence secretary Ben Wallace in wake of nuclear submarine row when Australia ditched deal with Paris in favour of pact with UK and US
France's armed forces minister has cancelled a meeting with defence secretary Ben Wallace following the announcement of the UK's new nuclear submarine deal with the US and Australia.
Florence Parly took the decision to drop the bilateral meeting with Mr Wallace after the UK, US and Australia agreed to co-operate on the development of the first nuclear-powered fleet for the Australian navy, sources said.
The AUKUS deal will also see the three nations share other military technologies such as artificial intelligence, cyber defence, quantum computing and long-range strike capabilities
But the deal has seen Canberra rip up a deal worth around £30billion that was struck with Paris in 2016 for France to provide 12 diesel-electric submarines.
The scrapping of the submarine contract has triggered a diplomatic storm, with President Emmanuel Macron recalling his ambassadors to the US and Australia over the deal - dubbed by the French media as an 'Indo-Pacific Trafalgar'.
And sources have now confirmed that the meeting between Ms Par ..
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