The French received no hint the deal was about to be broken and put the blame squarely on the United States
The French are furious. They believe they have been had. Their $66 billion deal to build a dozen conventional submarines for Australia has been torpedoed by a counter-offer by the United States to build eight nuclear-powered undersea behemoths for the Australian naval fleet.
The Australian government, on learning about the offer, which was announced by US President Joe Biden on September 15, promptly scrapped the French deal and announced they would be delighted to have nuclear submarines instead.
The US-Australia submarine deal is part of a far more significant trilateral partnership launched that day between the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom. It is a major step towards resisting rising Chinese aggression in the Indo-Pacific region.
This is President Biden’s first significant strategic move and one that will…