Subway ‘trolls’ France! Fast food giant issues brutal swipe with ‘priceless’ newspaper ad

AUKUS deal 'sends a message to China' says Panetta

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The advert reads: “Non-nuclear powered $90billion cheaper subs.” Responding to the ad, journalist said Andrew Greene: “An American fast food outlet now trolling the French.”

The satirical advert is a reference to the cancellation of a 2016 deal between Australia and France for the supply of conventional submarines to Australia.

This deal was scrapped as part of the new AUKUS partnership, which was met with criticism from high-profile politicians in Europe.

The announcement of the security pact between the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia earlier this week sparked fury from the French government.

The trilateral security pact was joined presented via video link by US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

The agreement is designed to give Australia the ability to construct nuclear submarines.

It will make Australia the seventh country in the world with nuclear-powered submarines in their arsenal.

French President Emmanuel Macron denounced the partnership as “unacceptable behaviour between allies and partners.”

In response to the AUKUS pact, France also withdrew their ambassadors to Canberra and Washington DC.

French Minister for Europe, Clément Beaune, told French television: “The fact that for the first time in the history of relations between the United States and France we are recalling our ambassador for consultations is a serious political act.”

Germany’s ambassador to the UK also condemned the security pact as dangerous to the “coherence and unity of the West.”

Newly-appointed UK Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, justified the AUKUS partnership in today’s edition of the Sunday Telegraph.

She said: “We will be working closer together to use a wide range of cutting-edge technologies, from nuclear-powered submarines at first and then looking at artificial intelligence and quantum computing.

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“It shows our readiness to be hard-headed in defending our interests and challenging unfair practices and malign acts. It also shows our commitment to security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.”

The partnership is widely considered to be a tripartite effort to tackle growing Chinese influence in the Indo-Pacific region.

China also criticised the formation of AUKUS, lambasting a “Cold War mentality” from the three countries.

The newspaper campaign by Subway, poking fun at the tense political row, drew mixed responses on social media.

One Twitter user, @wonderxwonder1, commented: “I quite like my sub unpolitical, thank you.”

Some took a rather different tone to an image of the ad appearing online.

One user with the handle @jin_trade tweeted: “Brilliant!”

Another appearing as @binxtar agreed: “Priceless.”

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