Anthony Albanese will visit France to mend damaged relations

Prime Minister anthony in albanian will meet with the president immanuel macron in France next week to restore a bilateral relationship that was damaged when the Liberal government canceled a submarine contract.

Albanese said that Macron invited him to visit France while he is in Europe to attend a NATO summit in Spain.

“We need to restart. We’ve already had very constructive discussions. We’ve closed the arrangements that were in place on the submarines,” Albanese told ABC’s Leigh Sales at 7:30.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will meet President Emmanuel Macron in France next week to restore a bilateral relationship. (Getty)
France responded with fury when former Prime Minister scott morrison announced in September that Australia was canceling a $90 billion contract for a French state-owned company to build a fleet of 12 conventional diesel-electric submarines.
Instead, Australia had entered into an agreement with the United States and the United Kingdom to provide submarines powered by US nuclear technology. The alliance was called AUKUS.

France temporarily withdrew its ambassadors from the United States and Australia. Macron accused Morrison of lying to him about the French contract that was awarded in 2016. Morrison denied the allegation.

US President Joe Biden told Macron weeks later that the US had been “clumsy” in its handling of the Australian submarine alliance. Biden said that he thought Macron had been briefed long before the deal was announced.

Legislators from the previous administration said the new government had paid too much.

Albanese pointed to estimates by bureaucrats before a Senate hearing in April that breaking the contract was expected to cost $5.5 billion.

Scott Morrison joins UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden to unveil the new AUKUS defense pact to counter China.  September 16, 2021
France responded with fury when former Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced in September that Australia was canceling a $90 billion contract. (9News)

He said his administration had reduced that cost to $3.4 billion through the cooperation of Macron and the French government.

“It’s important that that reset happens. France, of course, is central to power in Europe. But she is also a key power in the Pacific, also in our own region,” Albanese said.

“It’s just one of the reasons this needs to be a relationship that is nurtured, not damaged. We promise to do it. And next week’s visit is a very concrete sign of the repair that has already been done,” Albanese added.

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