French President Emmanuel Macron is still angry about the failed deal with Australia to buy submarines.
Macron said at a press conference on Tuesday that European countries should be less naive about defending European territory.
According to Macron, despite the lost billions, France is hardly bothered by the failed deal.
This is partly due to the sale of three frigates to Greece for 3 billion euros, which was the reason for the press conference on Tuesday.
However, the terminated contract with Australia has cost "a few hundred" jobs, according to Macron.
France had signed a billion-dollar deal with Australia to purchase submarines.
However, Australia is not fulfilling that contract, because as a result of the AUKUS security pact with the United States and the United Kingdom, the country is purchasing American submarines instead.
That pact is seen by analysts as an effort to counter China's growing influence.
However, France has reacted incensed to the "secret deal" and feels left out by its allies.
According to French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, France was even in crisis with Australia after the breach of contract.
"There has been hypocrisy, contempt and lies. This is not how you behave in an alliance," said Le Drian.
Macron said on Tuesday that AUKUS has no bearing on France's status in the Indian Ocean and western and central Pacific regions.
France has territory in the region, such as Réunion Island, New Caledonia, and French Polynesia.
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