The German Chancellor agreed to purchase US maritime patrol plane for €1.1billion (£950million) final week. The “interim” take care of the US sparked outrage in France because it might have damaging repercussions for Franco-German Maritime Airborne Warfare System (MAWS) programme. However President Macron will now pull out of the Franco-German army programme.
And the French chief is claimed to have been left “exasperated” by Mrs Merkel’s strikes.
French each day La Tribune studies: “The cup is full for France.
“According to our information, Paris will soon announce the end of its participation in the Franco-German MAWS programme and turn to a Franco-French solution.
“Germany’s choice to purchase 5 P-8A Poseidon (Boeing) planes from the USA for 1.43 billion euros, has very strongly aggravated France, and the Elysee, but to this point very germanophile.
“But enough is enough.
“The choice does probably not go, as certainly the uncertainties about different programmes in cooperation with Germany, specifically the Tiger Mark 3, which is a precedence for the military.
“Especially since in France, nobody really believes in the purchase of five P-8A Poseidon planes as a ‘temporary solution’ replacing the old P-3C Orions of the German Air Force.
“Clearly, Paris believes it has been cheated by Berlin.”
The German-American deal was announced by Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.
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The planes will provide an interim replacement for Germany’s ageing fleet of Lockheed P-3C Orion aircraft.
Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer said Germany remained wedded to developing a longer-term replacement together with France under the Maritime Airborne Warfare System programme, or MAWS.
This is not the first time Germany has infuriated France on a military and defence decision.
In May, France, Germany and Spain said they had reached a deal over the next steps of the development of a new fighter jet, Europe’s largest defence project at an estimated cost of more than €100billion (£86billion).
France in particular has billed the combat jet project – which includes a next-generation manned and unmanned aircraft – as crucial for Europe to strengthen its defence autonomy and face competition from China, Russia and the United States.
France and Germany had originally set the end of April for a deal, but a dispute over how to share intellectual property rights held up negotiations.
French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly tweeted: “France, Germany and Spain are constructing some of the essential instruments for his or her sovereignty and that of Europe within the twenty first century.”
Critics of the plan, nevertheless, lamented a betrayal by French President Macron in favour of Mrs Merkel’s calls for.
The subsequent improvement part for the Future Fight Air System (FCAS) is anticipated to value €3.5billion (£3billion), to be shared equally by the three nations.