‘I don’t think, I know’: French President’s fiery claim over Australia’s submarine contracts
French President Emmanuel Macron says Prime Minister Scott Morrison lied to him over a cancelled submarine deal.
The G20 Summit has proven revelatory for the state of Australia’s relations with France this weekend.
When asked whether he thought Mr Morrison had lied, Mr Macron told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age reporter Bevan Shields: “I don’t think, I know”.
I ask French President Emmanuel Macron whether Scott Morrison lied to him: “I don’t think, I know.” pic.twitter.com/3tcg4xrl90
— Bevan Shields (@BevanShields) October 31, 2021
Carrie-Anne Greenbank told Neil Breen Mr Morrison says he didn’t lie to the President, but was standing up for Australia’s interests.
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Neil Breen says while Australia “dudded France over that deal”, the Macron government is being “quite petulant”.
“It was a dud deal,” he said. “We didn’t need $90 billion-worth of French subs.”
“What Australia did was a better deal with two other allies … and that is within Australia’s rights.
“It was a better deal for Australia and I support a better deal for Australia.”
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Image: Bevan Shields / Twitter