‘UK fifth wheel of the carriage’ Ex French diplomat in brutal swipe amid Aukus fury

UK is ‘fifth wheel of carriage’ says French diplomat

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French diplomat Gérard Araud has argued the UK has a ‘subsidiary’ role in the AUKUS amid anger in Paris over the decision by Australia to drop an order for new submarines.  Mr Araud declared Britain is the “fifth wheel of the carriage” between the US and Australia during a furious outburst on LBC.  France has been described as livid over Australia’s decision to cancel an order for submarines worth at least €56 billion.

Mr Araud told LBC: “In terms of nuclear technology, military nuclear technology, the UK is heavily dependant on the US.

“So for us, the UK has had a subsidiary role in all the maneuvering and the problem is in Washington DC, and it is in Canberra

He continued: “The UK is defending its national interest and is defending its national interest in the context of Brexit.

“I have always said that because of Brexit the UK won’t have any other choice than becoming the brilliant second of the US.

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“It is exactly what is unfortunately happening.”

The French diplomat added: “In terms of nuclear technology, again going back to the dependence of the UK on the US, the UK can’t be the engine of this partnership.

“It would be the five-wheel of the carriage.”

It comes after Australia scrapped the order of French submarine technology in favour of a new alliance with the US and UK which will see the Australian Navy kitted out with new nuclear-powered subs.

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Correspondent Teri Schultz told DW News that President Emmanuel Macron was not the only European leader that was angry at being left in the dark about the AUUKUS deal.

Ms Schultz told DW News: “France is furious.

“It lost tens of billions of Euros in this submarine deal which Australia has now canned.

“Frances does not like to not be consulted, I mean no European country wants to be left out.

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“But France certainly considers itself a player.”

“It doesn’t like it when it doesn’t get any word whatsoever that this is happening, but France isn’t the only one, you know Joseph Borrel, the EU foreign policy chief just said a short time ago today that he hadn’t been consulted.

“That he didn’t know anything about the deal and that it must have been in the works for some time, so he clearly didn’t please either.

“But certainly not as outraged as France, whose foreign minister went as far as to say this reminded him of the Trump years.”

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