France urges Europe to ‘enhance its strategic autonomy, defence’ amid AUKUS squabble
French Secretary of Foreign Affairs Clement Beaune urged Europe to “strengthen [its] capacities for reflection; strategic autonomy, and defence” when speaking to France24 on Saturday.
He also piqued the United Kingdom, saying that by leaving the EU; London had “returned to the American fold with an accepted form of vassalisation”.
His comments come amid France’s disappointment with the newly-announced defence pact between Washington, Canberra, and London, dubbed AUKUS; which envisages providing Australia with nuclear-powered submarines, therefore ditching an earlier French submarine deal.
Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer.
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