how Aukus torpedoed the sale of French submarines to Australia

A French navy nuclear attack submarine at the Toulon naval base on June 12, 2020. Australia had ordered twelve diesel-powered units. CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP History will perhaps remember that it is by the sheer weight of words, or almost, that a decisive military alliance in the tectonics of global geopolitical plates was imposed, one … Read more

Paris expects concrete actions by the end of October to overcome the Aukus pact crisis

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a speech at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on October 5, 2021. IAN LANGSDON / AFP Translate reassuring words as quickly as possible into tangible commitments: this is the difficulty of the discussions between France and the United States in order to hope to overcome … Read more

After Afghanistan and Aukus, EU tries to learn lessons from recent crises

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (left), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (center), and French President Emmanuel Macron (right), upon their arrival at the EU-Western Balkans summit at the Brdo Congress Center, near Ljubljana (Slovenia), October 6, 2021. LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP They had not seen each other since June and had a lot to say to … Read more

“Behind the diplomatic activity triggered by the Aukus crisis is perhaps taking shape a major transatlantic turning point”

Emmanuel Macron speaks with Joe Biden during a NATO summit in Brussels, June 14, 2021. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AP Chronic. Make the crisis an opportunity. After utterly shouting out its anger over the way in which France was excluded from the negotiation on the US-Anglo-Australian Aukus defense agreement, Paris would now like to seize the … Read more

Defense Business Brief: Happy fiscal New Year; Lower F-35 production rates; Rolls-Royce wins B-52 re-engine contract and more.

Happy (fiscal) New Year! The government has money, for now at least, thanks to an 11th-hour continuing resolution passed by Congress and signed by President Biden on Thursday, fiscal New Year’s Eve, if you will. This marks the 12th time in 13 years that Congress has been unable to pass a budget in time. A … Read more

After “Aukus”, France seeks to strengthen its strategic ties with India

French President Emmanuel Macron walks alongside Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the courtyard of Château de Chantilly (Oise), August 22, 2019. PASCAL ROSSIGNOL / AFP Weakened by the trilateral Aukus security pact forged between the Americans, the Australians and the British, France is seeking to consolidate its strategic partnership with India in the Indo-Pacific. … Read more