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Australia’s PM will go to France to improve relations

Canberra, Australia ( Associated Press) – Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is due to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron next week to try to repair ties damaged after the previous Australian government canceled a major contract to buy French submarines. Can go

Albanese announced on Thursday that Macron had invited him to visit France, taking advantage of the fact that he would be in Europe to attend the NATO summit in Spain.

“We need to restart. We’ve already had very constructive conversations. We have stopped the arrangement we had on the submarines,” Albanese told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

In September, France reacted furiously when then-prime minister Scott Morrison announced that Australia had awarded $90 billion ($62 billion) to a French state-owned company to build a fleet of 12 conventional diesel-electric submarines. contract was cancelled.

He made this announcement after Australia reached an agreement with the United States and Britain to provide submarines powered by American nuclear technology to the two countries.

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

US President Joe Biden told Macron weeks later that Washington had been “clumsy” in handling the deal to sell submarines to Australia. Biden said he believed Macron had been informed long before the deal was publicly announced.

The Labor Party, to which Albany belongs, came to power in elections held on May 21. His government announced two weeks ago that it had agreed to pay a fine of 555 million euros ($583 million) to French Naval Group for the cancellation of the contract. Australian lawmakers from the previous administration said the new government paid too much.

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