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AUKUS spurs French strategic review with tilt toward Japan, India

Officials visit Tokyo to coordinate '2+2' ministerial meeting by year-end

A French Rafale fighter jet sits on the deck of the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle during a visit to Singapore in 2019. France has been raising its profile in the Indo-Pacific.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- France is reviewing its Indo-Pacific approach after being blindsided by the AUKUS alliance that scuttled its submarine deal with Australia, a French official said in Tokyo on Tuesday, with Paris keen to strengthen ties with Japan and India.

"What is at stake is what kind of Franco-American and trans-Atlantic partnerships, particularly in relation to the Indo-Pacific, there should be," Philippe Errera, the French Foreign Ministry's director-general for political affairs and security, told reporters in reference to AUKUS.

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