/ 04 November 2021

Subs continue to sink Franco-Oz relations

Image source: AAP
Image source: AAP

Bombs away… French Ambassador Jean-Pierre Thébault says his country doesn’t want “cheap words” from Oz; it wants “proof of love”. That should be delivered through “tangible actions that embody the political will of Australia’s highest authorities to redefine positively the basis of our bilateral relationship,” Thébault said in an address to the National Press Club in Canberra yesterday. Sounds lofty… It’s not been a good week on the Franco-front with the Ambassador accusing the Morrison Government of “intentional deceit” on top of President Emmanuel Macron saying PM Scott Morrison had lied to him over the cancellation of French company Naval Group’s $90 billion submarine contract. Asked about it yesterday, Morrison said “It’s important now we just move on, frankly.”

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