France accuses the USA of having betrayed France by “stealing” a 55 billion dollar contract. “This exceptional decision is justified by the exceptional gravity of the announcements made on 15th September by Australia and the United States,” France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian wrote in a Friday statement.
Several Telegram channels such as Madam Secretar, Actualité FR and Awaken Dragon have mentioned this controversy. The accuse the United States of seeking allies in the Pacific to contain the Chinese advance.
France needs the US more than the US needs France. So France will return to the American fold. And to make up for it, the USA will give France a contract of no importance (via the sale of Rafales or Mirage) or some geopolitical concessions in Africa.