The crisis of the submarines shows that the European Union "can no longer count" with the United States to guarantee its protection, this Thursday said Thursday the French Minister of Economy, Bruno Le Maire, urging Europeans to "open his eyes".
"The first lesson to be drawn from this issue is that the European Union must build its strategic independence, what happened in Afghanistan and the submarine issue show that we can no longer count on the United States to guarantee our protection," said Le Maire On Radio Franceinfo.
"The United States only has a strategic concern: China, contain the increase of power from China." Both former President Donald Trump and the current Joe Biden-law "estimate that their allies must be docile. And we estimate that we have to be independent," added the French minister.
"Think, like Denmark, that the United States will continue to protect us, defending us, whatever happens, it is a mistake," he said.
On Wednesday, Biden and Macron maintained a telephone conversation that the American president described as "friendly", aimed at restoring confidence after the crisis of the submarines.
After this exchange between the two leaders, France decided that its ambassador in Washington, called on consultations, returns to the United States.Updated Date: 23 September 2021, 13:10