France deplores 'stab in the back' by US, Australia over subs contract

France expressed fury Thursday over Australia's surprise decision to scrap a huge submarines deal in favour of nuclear-powered subs from the US, slamming the move as a breach of trust. "It's really a stab in the back. We had established a relationship of trust with Australia, this trust has been betrayed," Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told France Info radio. "I'm very angry today, and bitter... this is not something allies do to each other," he said.