Submarine contract saga: The French are peeved more by the deception than loss of business

The French Embassy in Washington, as seen on Sept 17, 2021. France decided to recall its ambassadors in the US and Australia for consultations. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON - France's decision to recall for consultations its ambassadors in the United States and Australia, after Canberra scrapped a submarine contract with Paris, is startling because it is an extremely rare event between countries that otherwise claim to be close allies.

Yet, what appears to annoy French President Emmanuel Macron most is not the loss of substantial business opportunities, but the fact that he appears to have been deceived by the Americans and Australians.

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