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France cancels DC gala over submarine deal with Australia

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WASHINGTON – French officials in Washington canceled a gala Friday night at their sprawling compound due to frustration with the new security partnership between the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.

A French official confirmed to CNBC that the event, which was scheduled to commemorate the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Los Cabos, will no longer take place at the embassy in Washington.

“Other parts of the celebration are still ongoing,” including a wreath ceremony in Annapolis, Maryland, the official said. Two other events involving a French destroyer in Baltimore and a French submarine in Norfolk harbor have not been canceled.

the New York Times which is the first to report the cancellation.

A woman runs in front of the French Embassy in Washington, DC on May 8, 2020.

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The development comes after France expressed outrage over a newly minted trilateral partnership that, in part, ends a long-standing submarine contract between Australia and France and replaces it with an agreement between the US and the Kingdom. United.

The United States and the United Kingdom agreed on Wednesday to help Canberra acquire nuclear-powered submarines, which will allow Australia’s navy to help counter Chinese nuclear-powered vessels in the region.

“It was a stab in the back. We had established a relationship of trust with Australia. This trust has been betrayed,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told Franceinfo radio station Thursday morning. .

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters Thursday that he and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had spoken with their French counterparts about the new security pact before its inauguration.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian hold a joint press conference at the French Foreign Ministry in Paris on 25 June 2021.

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“I will let our Australian partners describe why they sought out this new technology. But as the president said and I want to emphasize again, we cooperate incredibly closely with France on many shared priorities in the Indo-Pacific, but also in the world,” said Blinken.

“We are going to continue to do so, we give fundamental value to that relationship, to that association and we will continue forward in the coming days,” added the nation’s top diplomat.

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