The international deal announced Wednesday for the United States and Britain to provide nuclear-powered submarines to Australia to patrol the Pacific is creating diplomatic challenges for President Biden.
Amid the deal, Australia told France it would end its contract with a state majority-owned company to build 12 conventional submarines, resulting in a sharp response from French leaders who are demanding an explanation from all stakeholders.
"It was really a stab in the back. We built a relationship of trust with Australia, and this trust was betrayed," said French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, according to the Associated Press.
The contract was reportedly worth tens of billions of dollars.