France last night announced that it is recalling its ambassadors to the United States and Australia “for consultations” due to the “seriousness” of the situation.
The new French move comes just hours after the cancellation of a gala aimed at celebrating the “long naval alliance” between France and the United States.
“This important decision is justified by the extreme seriousness of the September 15 announcements made by Australia and the United States,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement.
The dispute between France and the United States over the cancellation of the sale of French submarines to Australia will hit the French economy with losses of about 56 to 90 billion euros, in the long run, analysts say.
“At the request of the President of the Republic, I decided to immediately call our two ambassadors to the United States and Australia for consultations in Paris,” the French Foreign Minister stated.