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France cancels defence meeting with UK over submarine row, sources say

World Sep 20, 2021 02:57AM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: French Defence Minister Florence Parly visits soldiers of Sentinelle security operation outside the Austerlitz train station in Paris, France, July 29, 2021. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

PARIS (Reuters) - France has cancelled a meeting between Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly and her British counterpart planned for this week after Australia scrapped a submarine order with Paris in favour of a deal with Washington and London, two sources familiar with the matter said.

Parly personally took the decision to drop the bilateral meeting with British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, the sources said.

The French defence ministry could not be immediately reached. The British defence ministry declined comment.

The sources confirmed an earlier report in the Guardian newspaper that the meeting had been cancelled.

The scrapping of the multi-billion-dollar submarine contract, struck in 2016, has triggered a diplomatic crisis, with Paris recalling its ambassadors from Washington and Canberra.

France claims not to have been consulted by its allies, while Australia says it had made clear to Paris for months its concerns over the contract.

French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Joe Biden will speak by telephone in the coming days to discuss the crisis, the French government's spokesman said on Sunday.

France cancels defence meeting with UK over submarine row, sources say
 

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Necleus Electron Sep 20, 2021 3:15AM ET
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Lets not forget which countries produce the biggest spy network in the world - FBI/MI5/CIA!
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I am telling the world US and UK are the biggest 2-headed snake in the world. Dont take that as compliment which you dont deserve it!
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you see the difference between East and West culture? Eastern culture tell you straight to the face what they think and do! Western culture hidden agenda and superficial on the surface, they can stab you with a machete without you realizing!
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you shud stop giving your worthless comments which only shows you are low in intelleuct.
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Emmanuel, now then you realize UK, US and aussies are 2-faced snake? Beware german sausages, they will be the next!
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my intention is to make known to US lackeys around the world, that includes you.
 
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