The Fallout From Australia’s Submarine Decision

The decision by Australia to scrap its $66 billion deal to purchase French-designed submarines in favor of a nuclear-powered option enveloped within a broader three-nation security pact with the U.S. and the United Kingdom sent shockwaves across the world.

Nowhere did those shockwaves resonate more deeply than in France, which only two weeks earlier had issued with Australia a joint communique celebrating the strength of the bilateral cooperation between the two nations. The loss of a major defense contract aside, the disruption of a burgeoning strategic relationship in the Indo-Pacific region stung Paris deeply.

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