Australian Prime Minister John Howard made Monday his toughest attack on France so far.
According to the Australian Associated Press, the prime minister accused the French position on Iraq of being hypocritical.
"They voted for resolution 1441 - the 17th resolution - and nobody is arguing that Iraq has complied with that 17th resolutionand they are now saying they are going to veto an 18th resolution," Howard said.
He claimed the American and British military build-up had forced Iraq to let the inspectors in and to yield a few co-operation, and added " There is a logical inconsistency with attacking the policy that has at its core the military build up, yet say `thank you very much' for the benefits." Howard said.
"I see an hypocrisy and inconsistency in all of that," Howard attacked in anger.
As Americans did last week, Howard pointed out the French President Chirac was seeking bigger place in the international stage. "The French, I believe, see this as an opportunity to reposition themselves in international diplomatic firmament rather than addressing the merits of disarming Iraq. I think that is very disappointing to say the least."
Howard made the attack after United States President George W Bush briefed him with developments on Iraq from the Azores summit.
Bush met in Azores the prime ministers of Britain and Spain and afterwards gave Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein 24 more hours to disarm.
Earlier, Howard said his cabinet would meet early in the week to make a decision about war on Iraq.