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Britain says no strategic differences with France after new submarine pact

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By Reuters
Britain says no strategic differences with France after new submarine pact
Britain says no strategic differences with France after new submarine pact   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021

LONDON – Britain’s defence minister said that a new submarine pact with the United States and Australia did not represent a strategic difference between Britain and France, although he understood Paris’s disappointment at the loss of the contract.

The new partnership ends Australia’s 2016 deal with French shipbuilder Naval Group to build it a new submarine fleet worth $40 billion.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told the BBC he had spoken to his French counterpart and said: “This is not about a strategic difference between Britain and France.”

“I understand France’s disappointment on its industrial contract.”