The United Nations General Assembly has featured a meeting of Foreign ministers of the European Union (EU) who met last night in New York to deliberate the ongoing cold war between France and the UK after the Aukus deal between the UK, US and Australia nullified a potential £47b pact with the French.
France, despite persistently hurling rants at UK for “stabbing an ally in the back” has denied calling off EU trade talks with Australia over Canberra’s move to jettison a multi-billion dollar submarine contract with the French navy in favour of a deal with the UK and US.
However, the EU ministers, in a meeting last night discussed the implications of the new security pact between the US, UK and Australia on the upcoming trade talks with Australia.
French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, in New York called for “serious reflection” regarding his country’s relationships with its allies following the breach of trust in the Aukus deal which completely froze out the French.
Earlier, the minister said he will no longer be meeting with the Australian foreign minister “for obvious reasons”.
Also, Florence Parly, France defence secretary postponed a meeting with her UK opposite number, Ben Wallace, ostensibly due to obvious reasons as well.