Opinion

C'est fini: can the Australia-France relationship be salvaged after scrapping the sub deal?

By Romain Fathi, Claire Rioult
September 19 2021 - 7:25pm
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison with French President Emmanuel Macron. Picture: Getty Images

French diplomatic language can be subtle. When Canberra announced its abrupt foreign policy change and unilateral decision to walk away from its contract with French submarine builder Naval Group, the French foreign affairs and defence ministers released a very short statement to "note" the "unfortunate decision".

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