France warn efforts to stop migrants crossing Channel could be scuppered after Britain’s submarine deal with Australia

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SEETHING French officers warned efforts to stop migrant crossings could be scuppered after a subs deal with Australia was sunk.

Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian accused Australia of betrayal for axing a £65billon contract in favour of a deal with the UK and US.

Australia this week signed a deal with the UK and US to assist assemble submarines to battle Chinese aggression – which France sees as an act of betrayalCredit: EPA

The Aussies will now get nuclear-powered submarines as an alternative of the 12 conventionally powered diesel-electric French subs beneath the historic AUKUS settlement reached by Boris Johnson, US president Joe Biden and Australian PM Scott Morrison earlier this week.

Mr Le Drian talked about his nation had been “stabbed in the back” by Australia’s dedication. Calais MP Pierre-Henri Dumont talked concerning the essential factor pact amounted to a “breach of trust”.

He talked about: “This goes with (Home Secretary) Priti Patel saying we have not done enough, that the French police have been helping migrants cross the Channel.”

He talked about it was now “harder” for the UK and France to “speak a common language”.

Mr Johnson insisted Britain’s relationship with France was “rock solid”.

His spokesman talked about: “With regards to the ongoing issues in the Channel, we want to work with our French counterparts — and we will continue to do so.”

Ms Patel was at Dover yesterday to meet Border Force officers and reaffirm the UK’s dedication to goal people-smugglers.

May’s warfare warning

BRITAIN’S nuclear-powered sub deal with Oz could lead to warfare with China, ex-PM Theresa May warned yesterday.

She requested Boris Johnson what the “implications of this pact” would be if China tried to invade Taiwan.

The PM replied: “The UK remains determined to defend international law and that is the strong advice we would give to the government in Beijing.”

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