The French nuclear attack submarine Émeraude and naval support ship Seine have sailed through the South China Sea, according to a tweet by France’s defence minister. Photo: Twitter
The French nuclear attack submarine Émeraude and naval support ship Seine have sailed through the South China Sea, according to a tweet by France’s defence minister. Photo: Twitter

South China Sea: challenge to Beijing as French nuclear submarine patrols contested waterway

  • Defence minister says France has exclusive economic zones in the Indo-Pacific that it intends to protect
  • Manoeuvre by submarine and support ship is proof French navy can deploy with allies for long periods far from home, Florence Parly says

The French nuclear attack submarine Émeraude and naval support ship Seine have sailed through the South China Sea, according to a tweet by France’s defence minister. Photo: Twitter
The French nuclear attack submarine Émeraude and naval support ship Seine have sailed through the South China Sea, according to a tweet by France’s defence minister. Photo: Twitter
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