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French FM warns submarine deal crisis will "affect the definition" of NATO

PARIS, Sept 18 (KUNA) -- France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned that Australia's move to replace Paris for Washington, in a multi-billion dollar submarine deal, will "affect the definition" of NATO.
France's decision to recall its ambassadors to the US and Australia yesterday is due to a "crisis" in relations, he underlined in an interview with local TV channel France 2.
Asked why the ambassador of Britain, a third side in a security pact with Australia and the US which led to the contract annulment, was not recalled, the French ambassador remarked London was known for its "permanent opportunism". (end) mao.sd