Boris Johnson rejects French anger over AUKUS submarine deal

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‘Give me a break’: Boris Johnson enters ‘Fr English’ to tell Emmanuel Macron to ‘master’ the UKUS defense pact to supply nuclear submarines to Australia

  • Boris Johnson told Emmanuel Macron to “master” the new AUKUS pact
  • AUKUS to see UK and US help Australia secure first fleet of nuclear submarines
  • But pact means Australia broke deal with France for diesel-electric submarines
  • Mr Johnson said it was time to ‘give me a break’ as he rejected French anger










Boris Johnson today told Emmanuel Macron to “get on with” the new UKUS defense pact and “give me a break” as he dismisses French anger over the deal.

The agreement between Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom will allow the former to secure its very first fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.

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But the pact means Canberra terminates an existing contract with France for a fleet of diesel-electric submarines.

The deal sparked a massive backlash from France as Paris accused Australia of “stabbing in the back.”

But Mr Johnson said it was now time for the French president to ‘take a grip’ and ‘give me a break’.

The prime minister said he believed the AUKUS deal was “fundamentally a big step forward for global security” and that he “was not trying to support anyone”.

Boris Johnson today told Emmanuel Macron to ‘get on with’ AKUS ‘new defense pact and’ give me a break ‘as he dismisses French anger over the deal

Speaking in Washington, Mr Johnson said it was now time for the French President to

Speaking in Washington, Mr Johnson said it was now time for the French president to ‘take a hold’ on the pact

The AUKUS deal will see the three countries share military technologies such as artificial intelligence, cyber defense, quantum computing and long-range strike capabilities.

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But it was the underwater element of the deal that sparked the furious reaction from France.

Canberra has torn up an agreement with Paris worth an estimated £ 30 billion that was struck in 2016 to supply 12 diesel-electric submarines.

The decision to withdraw from the contract sparked a diplomatic storm when Mr. Macron recalled his ambassadors to the United States and Australia.

The French government is asking Australia to pay compensation for straying from the old agreement.

Speaking in Washington DC, Mr Johnson said the backlash to the pact “came” during a meeting with US President Joe Biden at the White House last night.

But he said, ‘All I wanna say about it is I just think it’s time for some of our dearest friends all over the world to take a take (take a take) about of it all and give me a break (give me a break).

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“Because it’s fundamentally a big step forward for global security. These are three like-minded allies standing side by side, creating a new partnership for sharing technology.

The agreement between Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom will allow the former to secure its very first fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.

The agreement between Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom will allow the former to secure its very first fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.

‘It’s not exclusive. He doesn’t try to support anyone. It is not contradictory with China, for example.

“He is here to intensify the ties and friendship between three countries in a way that I think will benefit the things we believe in.”

The prime minister said he believed the defense pact would be “good for the protection of democracy, liberty, human rights, equality and the rule of law”.

He added: “I find it very hard to see anything in this deal not to like.”

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