French, UK defence ministers' meeting cancelled amid sub row

French Defence minister Florence Parly. — AFP file
French Defence minister Florence Parly. — AFP file

Paris - The cancellation comes as the United States, Australia and the UK sparked a full-blown diplomatic crisis



By AFP

Published: Mon 20 Sep 2021, 1:31 AM

A meeting set for this week between French Defence Minister Florence Parly and her British counterpart Ben Wallace was cancelled at Paris’s request, a source at her ministry said on Sunday.

The cancellation comes as the United States, Australia and the UK sparked a full-blown diplomatic crisis with France by announcing a strategic partnership on Wednesday aimed at countering China under which US nuclear submarines will be supplied to Australia, effectively sidelining France.


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