Australia tore up a contract worth 56 million euros for French submarines. This was done in order to benefit from American nuclear-powered devices. It caused a transatlantic diplomatic crisis.
It is a powerful symbol. French authorities cancelled Friday’s gala in Washington. The French Embassy confirmed Thursday that the cancellation was due to take place after the breach of “contract of century” regarding the supply of French submarines Australia.
The reception was held at the Washington residence of the French Ambassador. It was intended to commemorate the anniversary of the decisive naval battle of America’s War of Independence. It ended with victory for the French fleet against the British. September 5, 1781.
On Wednesday night, Joe Biden, the US president, announced a strategic partnership between the UK and Australia. This included the supply of nuclear-powered submarines from the USA to Canberra. It effectively knocked out the French. Jean-Yves Le Drian (head of French diplomacy), was criticized by ‘ire de Paris. “A blow in your back”.
The Battle of Chesapeake Bay, also known as the Battle of the Cape of Virginia, pitting the fleet of British Admiral Thomas Graves against that of Lieutenant-General of the Naval Armies François Joseph Paul de Grasse, was deemed crucial to the final victory of the allied armies of George Washington, Rochambeau and La Fayette.
This 240th anniversary celebration also includes other eventseBirthdays were still observed, however, like the stopovers of a French frigate at Baltimore and a submarine at Norfolk, or the laying down of a sheaf to a monument near Annapolis.