EXCLUSIVE – In an interview with Figaro, Pierre Éric Pommellet, assures that the very morning of the day of the termination of the contract, the Australian government “had accepted the offer of Naval Group which would have made it possible to start a new phase of the program”.
On September 15 at 11 p.m., Joe Biden announced to everyone’s surprise the conclusion of Aukus, a security pact in the Indo-Pacific zone between the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. This partnership resulted in the termination of a record contract for an order for 12 submarines, signed with the French Naval Group. Its CEO, Pierre Éric Pommellet, explains himself exclusively in Le Figaro.
LE FIGARO. – When were you informed of Australia’s decision?
Pierre Éric POMMELLET. – On Wednesday September 15th, we received a phone call from the Australian Ministry of Defense, which asked us to participate in an audio conference at 1:30 pm. It was during this meeting that the ministry informed us of the termination for convenience of the contract.
Did this decision surprise you?
Yes. We were in shock. This decision was announced to us without any notice, with incredible brutality. Especially since all the lights were green. The morning
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