Last week’s announcement of the AUKUS alliance, a move which has upset the French, has renewed calls for greater military autonomy in Europe, according to Sky News US contributor Michael Ware.

The newly-formed alliance, which culminated in the Commonwealth government axing it’s $90 billion French submarine contract, has drawn the ire of France with concerns tense diplomatic relationship could affect negotiations over a free trade agreement with the European Union.

“We do know that the French are distinctly upset and they’ve continued to air their sense of grievance at this AUKUS deal between Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom,” Mr Ware told Sky News Australia.

“We saw just yesterday the French foreign minister let loose on President Joe Biden by saying that President Biden, in spirit, is no different than President Trump because (he) is continuing with this go-it-alone-style American foreign policy and that has led to a creation of a crisis of trust between the French and the Americans.

“Are the French really upset about the decision itself for Australia to pivot from the French to an American sub?

“If you listen really clearly and boil it down, there’s a suggestion that what the French are really upset about is being left out of the loop and that, it seems, has been the greatest affront to them and has troubled their sense of the alliance and has renewed calls in France for a greater sense of European military autonomy so that they don’t have to rely on the Americans.”

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