Novel Group CEO declares Australia’s “undeclared brutality”
PARIS (Reuters) – Australia’s decision to abandon its contract with the Navy Group for 12 submarines was taken “with unprecedented and unprecedented brutality,” Figaro, the group’s chief executive, told the French. “Compensation must be provided.
France condemned the “backlash” last week after Australia decided to cancel the multi-billion dollar deal in support of a strategic partnership with the United States and Great Britain.
Canberra argued this week that Paris should not be surprised by its change of alliance, adding that it had expressed its concern over the deal over the years, especially due to delays and rising costs.
“The Navy team always respects its obligations on all projects, costs, deadlines, and the Australian supply chain …”, Pierre Eric Pommellet assures in an interview published Wednesday evening on the Figaro website. “In the Naval Group, there is not the slightest hint or warning that we are becoming a Plan B in support of a plan to unite the United States and the United Kingdom in France, Australia.”
On September 15, he explains, just hours before Canberra announced its decision to the Naval Committee, “the Australian Government has officially accepted our offer and officially announced possible technical options.
When asked about compensation for breach of contract, the CEO of the Navy Group said there was “no basis” for estimates of the revolving amount.
Australia rescinds agreement “for convenience” “This is a case given in the contract, and it will rise specifically to pay our expenses. Submitted in a few weeks.”
French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Joe Biden agreed Wednesday in a telephone interview to begin “deep consultations” between Paris and Washington to place “guarantees of trust” in the wake of the crisis over the issue.
(Written by Jean Tergion)
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