Former French Ambassador Gérard Araud took a swipe at U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken Thursday after he said France was still a "vital partner" amid the fallout from a new western security alliance.
Blinken's comment was an attempt to ease France's anger after the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom established a nsecurity partnership that excluded France, and scrapped a $40 billion security deal between Australia and France.
"We are deeply moved..." the former ambassador sarcastically wrote on Twitter after the Agence France-Presse, a French news agency, tweeted Blinken's statement.
We are deeply moved… https://t.co/Bp539WNSUu— Gérard Araud (@GerardAraud) September 16, 2021
Blinken later added that the U.S. places "fundamental value on that [U.S./French] relationship, on that partnership," according to Reuters.
Araud's comment on the move was not the first. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also criticized the U.S., saying that President BidenJoe BidenPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks State school board leaves national association saying they called parents domestic terrorists Sunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases MORE made an "unpredictable decision" like former President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE "used to do."
"It's a stab in the back," Le Drian said of the new deal. "We created a relationship of trust with Australia and that trust has been broken."
Biden also tried to calm the situation, stating Wednesday that France was a "key partner in the Indo-Pacific."