Sunday, 28 Nov 2021

Macron ‘staging a hissy fit’ to save face at polls with ‘theatrical’ Aukus tantrum

Macron is trying to 'save his skin in France' says Andrew Bolt

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Australia in September cancelled a deal with France’s Naval Group, opting instead to build at least 12 nuclear-powered submarines in a deal with the United States and Britain. French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said Morrison had lied to him about Canberra’s intentions. Morrison has denied the claim. He said he had previously explained to Macron that conventional submarines would no longer meet Australia’s needs.

Sky News host Andrew Bolt has said: “Let me give you some background into something very wild that some people on the left would actually say is even sinister that is happening in France.

“Macron is staging this theatrical hissy fit not for our benefit but to save his skin in France.

“France is in trouble, it is so divided.

“It has had huge terrorist attacks, the worst in Europe and the riots as well.

“So many immigrants are poorly assimiliated that so many of the French fear the country has lost its unity and identiy.

“Earily this year 20 retired generals signed an open letter to the Government warning the hour is later, France is in peril and many mortal dangers threaten her. Civil war will break upon this growing chaos and the deaths for which you will be responsibly will number in the thousands.”

Mr Morrison and Mr Macron spoke last week before the Australian leader publicly sought a handshake with his French counterpart at the G20 meeting.

The destabilisation of the usually close diplomatic relations between the two nations now threatens to spill over into trade consequences.

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The European Union has twice postponed a planned round of free trade talks with Australia. In solidarity with France, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen questioned whether the bloc could strike a trade deal with Australia.

The relationship was tested further this week after Australian media published leaked messages between Morrison and Macron that attempted to counter France’s claim that Australia did not give it sufficient warning that the contract would be cancelled.

Thebault said the leaking of the messages represented an “unprecedented new low” and he said that it sent a worrying signal to heads of state that confidential correspondence could one day be “weaponised against you”.

US President Joe Biden said last week that the handling of the new pact had been clumsy, adding that he had thought France had been informed of the contract cancellation before the new pact was announced.

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Mr Macron has been accused of being difficult about the post-Brexit fishing row with the UK due to the election also.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss suggested French president Emmanuel Macron may be making “unreasonable threats” because he has a difficult election looming.

Asked why the row has emerged, she told Sky News: “You might say there’s a French election coming up.”

Ms Truss seemed angered by the dispute and said: “I’m not remotely happy about what has happened.”

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