The “Francophone”, “Francophile” who stabbed France in the back
TEHRAN – In an article published on November 23, 2020 on the Politico website titled “9 things to know about Antony Blinken, the next US secretary of state,” Blinken was cast as a flawless man.
In a caption, the article also called Blinken “French-speaking and -phile.” Now we want to study how this man stabbed not only France, but a whole continent in the back.
In 2016, France and Australia signed a deal worth $ 40, which required France to supply Canberra with submarines, according to Reuters.
On Wednesday September 15, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States signed a trilateral partnership entitled AUKUS. It was intended to provide Canberra with nuclear propulsion technology for submarines. So easy, so simple, so elegant. Or that’s what it seemed.
The pact has created enormous controversy around the world, from China to the EU and the United Arab Emirates. The UAE’s foreign minister visited France on September 15 and the United Kingdom on September 16.
Friends and allies’ distrust of the United States turns into a big tumor
According to the joint statement released by the French and Emirati leaders, the visit took place at the invitation of the French side. Yet this move is seen by many political analysts as an attempt to form an alliance and respond to the “stab in the back” of the United States.
“The French President and His Highness have expressed their common ambition to make the bilateral partnership deeper, broader, more multilateral and with increased people-to-people exchanges.
They thus reaffirmed their lasting attachment to the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum. In the field of the economy, they welcomed the growing cooperation between France and the United Arab Emirates.
They also called for expanding the partnership into new areas. They welcomed the agreement between the Arab World Institute and the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center – Department of Culture and Tourism to cooperate on an Arabic language certificate, ”according to the statement released by the ministry. French for Foreign Affairs.
Regarding the visit to the United Kingdom, the focus was on the Sovereign Investment Partnership between the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom, in which the United Arab Emirates will invest £ 10 billion (13, $ 8 billion) over five years in promising companies operating in clean energy, technology and infrastructure. .
The Times said the deal builds on the UAE’s previous decision to invest £ 800million in the UK life sciences industry in March.
The Financial Times said UAE investments under the framework had already reached £ 1.1bn in UK companies and funds, including £ 500m in CityFibre, an infrastructure group. telecommunications.
Can you really blame the United Arab Emirates? Well, if the United States can abandon its longtime friend the European Union, the United Arab Emirates can be tossed in the trash in no time.
The distrust of friends and allies towards the United States is turning into a big tumor. In our Saturday report, titled “US Laughs at EU: Will Europe Learn its Lesson?” The Tehran Times advised the EU to act independently.
Blinken, a guy much admired by American and European think tanks, who was renowned for his reputation for multilateralism and “Europeanist,” dodged the country he had studied in and had an emotional connection with. France had welcomed Blinken and his half-sister in the past, and now the French feel betrayed.
On September 17, France recalled its ambassadors to the United States and Australia for “further consultations”.
A spokeswoman for Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said: “Australia understands France’s deep disappointment with our decision, which was taken in accordance with our clear and communicated national security interests.
She also said that Australia values its relationship with France, “which is an important partner and a vital contributor to stability, particularly in the Indo-Pacific. It won’t change.
The spokesperson said Australia and France share many issues of interest and “we look forward to re-engaging with France”.
The AUKUS Pact drew the attention of commentators and political analysts to a theory first put forward in 2013, and renewed by EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell in December 2020.
“Because the world has changed. It is difficult to claim to be a “political union” capable of acting as a “global actor” and as a “Geopolitical Commission” without being “autonomous”. So what are the factors that make this concept more relevant than ever? Borrell asked in his article titled “Why European Strategic Autonomy Matters”.
In the article published on the EU website, he added: “The first is that Europe’s weight in the world is decreasing. Thirty years ago, we represented a quarter of the world’s wealth. It is expected that in 20 years, we will not represent more than 11% of world GNP, far behind China, which will represent double, below 14% for the United States and tied with India.
Borrell also evokes “the transformation of economic interdependence”, in which Europeans have invested a great deal, in particular through “the defense of multilateralism”.
“Today, we are in a situation where economic interdependence becomes politically very conflicting. And what was traditionally called soft power is becoming an instrument of hard power, ”he warned.
The theory of European strategic autonomy seems to be pursued more strictly than before, given Washington’s betrayal of the European bloc by forming an Angelo-Saxon alliance. Washington did so without informing the EU. According to French Foreign Minister Le Drian, this is a “breach of trust”.
The AUKUS pact dealt a severe blow to the French economy. They lost a major economic agreement. Some say they lost over $ 56 billion, some say $ 66 billion, and the Guardian even added that France lost a $ 90 billion deal.
France had signed an agreement with Australia to supply them with submarines in 2016, but with the AUKUS pact, Australia canceled the agreement with France. Some anonymous users on Twitter began to defend the Australian move, saying it was better to cancel the deal because France was going to supply Australia with diesel-powered submarines. One user mentioned Gérard Araud, the former French Ambassador to the United States, saying, “Well, you should look at the reasons why the Sub was replaced. Hardly a diesel is good especially based on a French engine. You also talk about borders and Brexit. Happy to block the Italian border but yet you do not stop the boats leaving for the UK.
Araud, who is famous for his direct responses on Twitter, said: “Diesel was an Australian demand. Our submarines are nuclear powered! We could easily have provided nuclear powered submarines if we had been asked. We weren’t.
He even went so far as to say that France must reassess its foreign policy in the Indo-Pacific region, given “the seriousness of the blow to our industrial and strategic interests”. Araud suggested that these changes also be made to relations with the United States and NATO. Another sign of the tumor of mistrust existing among the allies and friends of the United States and the United Kingdom. They all seem to be going in other directions.
Another important factor in the AUKUS deal, which should not be forgotten, is Liz Truss, former Secretary for International Trade and current Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the UK. According to the Politico website, Truss was shaken by the AUKUS deal. The website also states that Truss “has reviewed the EU’s agreements with 63 countries”.
His appointment as UK Foreign Secretary suggests that the stabbing in the back may continue. With its architecture of such agreements, the EU must be vigilant towards the United States and the United Kingdom, and not put all their eggs in their basket.
SA / AP