The nouveau head of NATO? Dreamez over Madame May, French say after Boris Johnson’s ‘donnez-moi un break’ spat with Emmanuel Macron
- Theresa May was named as Britain’s likely candidate to become NATO Secretary General
- But French MPs say she has ‘no hope’ after AUKUS defense pact
- France’s own foreign minister said the pact was a ‘break of faith in alliances’
Theresa May’s chances of landing a plum runway have been torpedoed – by a fight over submarines.
The former prime minister has been named as Britain’s likely candidate to become NATO’s next secretary general, but seething French MPs say she has “no hope” after the AUKUS defense pact signed by Britain, the US and Australia.
The deal led Australia to tear up a multi-billion-pound French submarine contract in the process.
Boris Johnson told France last week it needed to get the issue under control, but France’s foreign minister said the pact was a “break of faith in alliances” and Paris recalled its ambassadors from the US and Australia.
The former Prime Minister was named as Britain’s likely candidate to become NATO’s next Secretary General,
Insiders say Ms May’s bid will be futile as France has one of four decisive NATO votes, alongside the United States, the UK and Germany.
A source familiar with the process said France would “in no way” support a British candidate following the country’s role in the feud with French President Emmanuel Macron. Last night, MPs from all political groups in the French National Assembly agreed that Ms May’s candidacy was doomed to fail.
“Anyone from Britain would struggle to win French support at this point, but especially someone so closely associated with Boris Johnson’s government,” said a senior member of Macron’s LREM party.
“Madame May didn’t make much of an impression here when she was in power, so why would anyone support her now?”
The deal saw Australia rip up a multi-billion-pound French submarine contract in the process
A senior Conservative MP said France would block Britain’s NATO candidate, adding: ‘The French will do their very best to kick us. They’re very pissed off.’
The current Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, will step down next year, and it is clear that Ms May has said privately that she is excited about the role.
A French Socialist Party MP on Sunday told The Mail: “Everyone can see that Britain just wants to remain America’s poodle. There are much better candidates from other countries, including countries that respect their allies.’
Ms May declined to comment.