Submarine crisis: what to remember from Jean-Yves Le Drian's speech before the UN

the essential The Minister of Foreign Affairs denounced this Monday 20 September, on the sidelines of the Annual General Assembly of the United Nations in New York, unilateralism and “the breach of trust” with the United States.

“Unilateralism”, “unpredictability”, “lack of consultation”…. Jean-Yves Le Drian toughened his tone against the United States on Monday 20 September, during a speech on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

The French foreign minister again expressed his anger after the announcement, on 15 September, of a security pact concluded by Washington with Australia and the United Kingdom for counter Beijing, nicknamed AUKUS. This new partnership set fire to the transatlantic powders, because it was done behind the backs of the French, who lost a huge contract for submarines ordered by Canberra.

“Break of trust between allies”

Jean-Yves Le Drian denounced, as he has been doing for several days but this time on American soil, a “brutal” decision, a “lack of consultation”, and a “breach of confidence between allies”

“The subject is not so much the breach of an armaments contract – even if this is negative for France – but the subject is first of all that of the breach of confidence between allies”, he insisted. .

“The alliance means transparency”

“The alliance means transparency”, “predictability”, “explanation”, “talking to each other, not hiding,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs. “All this requires clarification today” he added.

Comparison with Trump’s diplomatic policy

This announcement is similar to “reflexes of an era that we hoped to be over,” hammered Jean-Yves Le Drian, in a new clear allusion to the Donald Trump era. The foreign minister regrets that the United States made this decision public “without telling anyone.”

A European alliance?

France, which has recalled its ambassadors in Washington and Canberra in an unprecedented gesture, does not fuss. And she was able to rejoice in New York on the support of the EU leaders, rather silent until then.

“We are going to talk shortly with all of my European colleagues about a European alliance” specified the former mayor of Lorient, adding that “Europeans must build the path of multilateralism with their partners of good will” .

Emmanuel Macron has not yet spoken on the subject, his phone call with Joe Biden is long overdue. The call will take place “in the coming days” affirmed Jean-Yves Le Drian, slipping that he had not, for his part, “planned a meeting” with his American counterpart Antony Blinken. “J ‘ would have the opportunity to run into him in the hallways, “he said only.

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