There’s no letup in the commotion over the AUKUS deal both in France and Europe.
Now French Foreign Minister Jean Yves-Drian speaks of a souring in French-US relations; and hints at major consequences down the line.
One of these consequences could be the end of the post-World War Two transatlantic alliance and the end of NATO forces in Europe; with their days numbered.
There has been lying, duplicity, a major breach of trust and contempt. This will not do,” Foreign Minister Le Drian told the press on Saturday.
Paris’ ambassadors to Canberra and Washington have been recalled in response to the deal, and Le Drian had previously described Australia ditching the pact between the two countries as a “stab in the back.”
Britain also got a tongue lashing as the French official described the country as a “third wheel” in the US and Australia deal; worth billions.
The future of NATO, Le Drian added, will be affected as they must take account and be involved in the crisis between the countries.
The chair of NATO’s Military Committee, Admiral Rob Bauer, has already tried to play down the tension, claiming it would not have any impact on the bloc’s “military.
Meanwhile the French have vowed to step up efforts towards establishing a pan European army, something that’s always received something of a lukewarm reception; until now that is.