Skip to Content

Joe Biden calls Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison 'that fella down under'. Screenshot from YouTube
Paris

Elysee denies malicious Telegraph article on giving up its UNSC seat

France has formally denied being ready to give the EU its seat on the UN Security Council. "The seat is ours and will remain so," said the Elysee, in response to an article in a British newspaper.

Published: September 22, 2021, 6:43 pm

    Read more

    The fake news caused a stir in France: The Telegraph, apparently eager to sow dissent, claimed that Emmanuel Macron “could offer the seat at the UN” to the EU if it supported his plans for a European army. On September 22, France “formally” denied information from the British daily according to which its seat as a permanent member of the UN Security Council woud be made available to the European Union.

    “We formally deny it. The seat is ours and will remain so,” affirmed the Elysee. “We coordinate with the EU as much as necessary and in full sovereignty,” the Elysee added. The Telegraph published its article in the midst of the diplomatic crisis between Paris on the one hand and Washington and Canberra on the other, following the decision of these two capitals to enter into a strategic partnership in the Indo-Pacific region while sidelining the French.

    ‘Act of treason’

    France thus lost a lucrative contract for submarines with the Australians. The newspaper article was described as a potential “act of treason” by political leaders of the opposition and they demanded explanations.

    “Macron must deny it urgently. France will never give up its seat on the UN Security Council. Whoever would risk it would be charged with high treason,” tweeted Jean-Luc Mélenchon, candidate of La France Insoumise for the presidential election. He congratulated the president after the Elysee denied the news.

    “The French seat at the UN is not for sale,” the leftwing member for Bouches-du-Rhône later said. “The Anglo-Saxon tabloid lied. Who handled it?”

    The deputy of the National Rally Marine Le Pen commented on the news: “If this information is correct it is an act of treason towards the Nation. If it is not, Emmanuel Macron must say so quickly.” The President of the Patriots Florian Philippot also demanded a denial from Macron “very very quickly” because if the Telegraph article had been correct, it would have been “a massive betrayal of our most vital national interests”. Since the creation of the UN in 1945, France has been one of the five permanent members of the Security Council along with China, the United States, Russia and the United Kingdom.

    France may get a consolation prize

    The US, which had intervened secretly with Finland to win the tender for its fighter jets, could let France win in compensation for the breach of its contract with Australia for conventional submarines.

    According to Politico, about fifteen US parliamentarians, led by Marc Veasey (D-Texas) and Michael Turner (R-Ohio), had obtained the support of the White House to win this market. Five companies are competing: Boeing (F/A-18EF Super Hornet), Lockheed Martin (F-35 Lightning II), Dassault (Rafale), Eurofighter (Typhoon), and Saab (Gripen E/F).

    However, given the scandal caused by the unilateral termination of the contract of the submarines bought by Australia, canceled by the AUKUS pact, and given the incident between France and Switzerland over the purchase of US aircraft and not French Rafale, the Biden administration plans to let France win in Finland, as a consolation prize.

    According to the Swiss newspapers SonntagsZeitung and the Matin Dimanche, President Emmanuel Macron canceled the summit scheduled for November with the President of the Swiss Federal Council, Guy Parmelin this week. The French ambassador in Bern, Frédéric Journès, specified that there would be no contact at this level during the first half of 2022, that is to say during the French presidency of the European Council.

    France is the ultimate loser

    The ultimate loser of this new geopolitical architecture is France. It loses its status as a global power although it still retains its permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.

    The decline of Paris was foreseeable since the placement of its armies under US command within the Integrated Command of NATO, in 2009. Today they are no longer able to defend the whole of French territory, but send expeditions to defend US interests in Africa. Indeed, the United States have still not succeeded in deploying AfriCom on the black continent, so they are using the French ground troops that they supervise with their aerial surveillance system.

    The Quai d’Orsay urgently requested explanations from the US State Department, in the hours preceding the AUKUS announcement. In the end, it concluded that Australia had knowingly concealed this project, of which the United States was the instigator.

    Paris is all the more stunned since it had believed that it had established a privileged relationship with the Anglosphere. Secret negotiations were underway to move the base of the British nuclear-powered submarines (Trident) to France in the event of Scotland’s secession from the United Kingdom, the Financial Times reported on September 2, 2021.

    At most, AUKUS is about a very broad cooperation in the field of armaments. It is not only a question of equipping Australia with nuclear-powered submarines, but also of equipping it with Tomahawks and Hornet missiles, and involving it in research into hypersonic missiles capable of competing with Russian advances. The three countries involved in AUKUS will work together on strategic technologies, such as quantum computing and artificial intelligence.

    EU is sitting on the fence

    For the moment, the European Union has not reacted meaningfully. The President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, who was speaking at the State of the Union on the very day of the announcement of the AUKUS pact, seems paralyzed. She spoke of her new strategy in the Indo-Pacific zone, while the British pulled the rug from under France’s feet with a fake news frontpage. Not only is the European Union not a military power, but those of its members who are, will no longer have a say in how the world is being shaped.

    NATO now probably understands that it will not be part of the Indo-Pacific region.

    ASEAN has not reacted either, but the Indonesians have already expressed their disappointment. Admittedly, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations was conceived during the Cold War like ANZUS or the EU in order to contain the communist bloc, but it has evolved since. Unlike the EU which has become a supra-national bureaucracy, ASEAN aspires to form a vast free trade area including China.

    Many Indonesian intellectuals denounced the torpedoing of this dream of peace by AUKUS.

    Biden forgets Australian leader’s name

    Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told the Soloviev Live YouTube channel on Wednesday that the creation of AUKUS came as a total surprise and a “shock” for NATO. “It came as an absolute surprise not for those whom the US, Australia and the UK call their opponents and whom they are collaborating against, but for their allies and the military and political blocs that the US and the UK are part of,” Zakharova said.

    According to James Curran, historian at the University of Sydney, the decision to double the bet on the United States is “the biggest strategic bet in Australian history”, and Australia “bet all its money”. To add insult to injury, US President Joe Biden, who is infamous for forgetting and confusing things, thanked the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison by calling him “that fella down under”.

    Perplexed by this embarrassing lapse, Morrison gave a thumbs up to the American President.

    Consider donating to support our work

    Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    Europe

    Hungarian opposition: More illegal US funds than previously known

    BudapestThe result of parliamentary elections in Hungary in April 2022 has been the bane of the opposition. The defeated movement around Péter Márki-Zay received illegal funds from the US on a larger scale than previously thought, according to a recently declassified intel report. Most media outlets have been silent about it.

    WHO introduces a global patient file

    GenevaThe WHO has introduced a global patient file with the vaccinated and unvaccinated to be codified in future.

    Macron deputy consumes cocaine but justice system closes investigation

    ParisAn investigation by Médiapart revealed that the Renaissance deputy of Hauts-de-Seine Emmanuel Pellerin used cocaine, before as well as after his election.

    Sweden’s NATO membership bid goes up in smoke

    StockholmAfter the burning of the Quran in Stockholm, Turkey has no intention of allowing Sweden to join NATO. Sweden's Prime Minister, on the other hand, pointed to the importance of freedom of expression. The NATO Secretary General also spoke up on the matter.

    Internal EU report: Asylum applications has increased by half except in Hungary

    BerlinThe asylum disaster continues unabated in 2023. According to a confidential "Status Report on Migration and Refugees" by the EU Commission dated January 11, the number of asylum applications in the EU rose by around half in the past year to well over 900 000.

    French pension reform: 150 000 young demonstrators according to organisers

    ParisSome 150 000 students marched in Paris on January 21 against pension reform, according to the youth organisations that initiated the demonstration, but only 14 000 according to sources close to the Macron administration.

    Corruption thriller: Zelensky’s deputy minister arrested

    KievJust 14 days after the President of the Ukrainian National Bank (who is said to have embezzled 5,42 million euros) applied for asylum in Austria, Deputy Minister Wassyl Losynsky was arrested.  

    Mild weather thus far saving Europe from an energy crisis

    Countries across Europe are currently experiencing warmer-than-expected weather for the first few days of the year. Experts say that even if an energy crisis has been averted for the moment, cold weather or supply delays could still create an upheaval further down the line.

    Macron announces that climate crisis has arrived ‘faster than expected’

    ParisThe French president has spoken out in a YouTube video in response to comments from climate cultists, NGOs and green political opponents who were "shocked" by remarks made about the climate during his December 31, 2022 greetings.

    Three months into Meloni tenure sees migrant arrivals exploding

    RomeIt has been a disturbing development. Despite its right-wing government, which has now been in office for almost three months, the number of illegal immigrants in Italy continues to rise steeply. This has caused many voters to become dissatisfied with the right-wing government under Giorgia Meloni.

    Go to archive