French ambassador to Spain, Jean-Michel Casa, has lashed out at Washington for the lack of dialogue with Paris and the European Union over the new trilateral AUKUS deal. Mr Casa claimed the Biden administration was working “secretly” and “with lies” in order to get the historic agreement over the line.
The 64-year-old also took aim at the UK and accused Britain of “opportunism” in the wake of Brexit.
The bitter outburst came as France was excluded from the security pact and a multi-billion pound submarine deal with Australia was abandoned.
Mr Casa also criticised US foreign policy and the decision to adopt a so-called “America First” strategy in the Middle East and in Asia.
He added: “Biden has confirmed this turn with the military alliance with Australia, but it is the way in which this agreement has come about that has angered France.
“Secretly, with lies and with the help of the United Kingdom, but it is not yet clear what role the UK has played.
“With their eagerness to return to a Global Britain, their opportunism, the British are capable of any movement, now that they are outside the EU.
“This alliance has been woven without transparency, without consultations between allies such as the US and the EU.”
The AUKUS deal will see increased cooperation between the three countries in order to counter the growing threats in the Indo-Pacific.
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Mr Casa added: “Goodwill is welcome, but so far we have spoken very quietly with the US.
“It is Biden who has insisted on speaking with Macron, understanding that perhaps the US has made a mistake with its behaviour, to explain itself and seek solutions.
“If other friendly countries want to contribute, why not, but until now we have a very intense dialogue with the US.
“It cannot be said that the crisis is over, but we are trying to find a way out, also defending the interests of the EU.”
President Macron and Prime Minister Boris Johnson also held talks amid the tensions last Friday.
It came as Mr Johnson ruled out the possibility of Paris joining the agreement during a trip to the US.
Mr Macron’s office said the Prime Minister had requested the call and “expressed his intention to restore co-operation between France and the UK”.
Downing Street said the two leaders discussed “a range of issues of mutual interest”, including military co-operation through Nato.
A Number 10 spokesman said: “They reaffirmed the importance of the UK-France relationship and agreed to continue working closely together around the world on our shared agenda, through Nato and bilaterally.”
Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.