Submarine crisis: France cancels celebration in Washington

the essential Following the cancellation of the mega-contract for submarines between France and Australia, France has decided to cancel a gala evening scheduled for the French Embassy this Friday 17 September 2021.

The French authorities have canceled a gala evening scheduled for Friday in Washington, the French embassy confirmed this Thursday, after the breach of the “contract of the century” for the supply of French submarines to Australia, which generated a crisis transatlantic.

This reception, at the residence of the French Ambassador in Washington, was supposed to celebrate the anniversary of a decisive naval battle of the United States War of Independence, concluded with a victory for the French fleet over the British fleet. , September 5 1781.

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US President Joe Biden on Wednesday evening announced a strategic partnership with the UK and Australia, including the supply of US nuclear-powered submarines to Canberra, which effectively kicked the French out of the game. ‘ire de Paris, the head of French diplomacy, Jean-Yves Le Drian, going so far as to denounce “a blow in the back”.

The Battle of Chesapeake Bay, also known as the Battle of the Cape of Virginia, pitting the fleet of British Admiral Thomas Graves against that of Lieutenant-General of the Naval Armies François Joseph Paul de Grasse, was deemed crucial to the final victory of the allied armies of George Washington, Rochambeau and La Fayette.

Other events taking place in the celebration of this 240 th anniversary were however maintained, such as the stopover of a French frigate in Baltimore and that of a sub- sailor in Norfolk, or the laying of a wreath on a monument in Annapolis.

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