America's Defense Pact with Australia and the U.K. Has Humiliated France's Macron. But It Might Also Help Him


French President Emmanuel Macron makes a statement next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel prior to their working dinner at the Elysee Presidential Palace on September 16, 2021 in Paris, France Chesnot via Getty Images

For years, French President Emmanuel Macron butted headsbit his tongue in frustration, and lashed out at former President Donald Trump, who refused to yield an inch to his entreaties about global cooperation. Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris Agreement on climate change—cherished projects for Macron—and trashed the NATO military alliance as “obsolete.”

Small wonder, then, that Macron hailed President Joe Biden’s victory last November with ebullient excitement, tweeting within moments, “Let’s work together!”

But any hopes for a reinvigorated Franco-American alliance were dashed on Thursday, when Australia revealed it had secretly negotiated a military pact with the U.S. and the U.K., known as AUKUS, in the volatile Indo-Pacific region. The deal, which involves building nuclear-powered military submarines in Australia—China’s nearest Western-allied neighbor—left France completely in the cold.

Publish : 2021-09-22 12:28:00

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