Paris summoned US and Australian Ambassadors Over Submarine Deal

Paris summoned US and Australian Ambassadors Over Submarine Deal

French President Emmanuel Macron"s unusual decision, according to French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, was made due to the severity of the situation, according to a statement.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison rejected French accusations that his country had not been warned, claiming that he had discussed the possibility of cancelling a 2016 submarine deal with an Italian company during talks in June with President Emmanuel Macron, who was then in office.

Earlier this week, Australia announced that it would cancel a $US40 billion ($A55 billion) deal with France"s Naval Group to build a fleet of conventional submarines and would instead, build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines based on technology developed in the US and United Kingdom.

Paris summoned US and Australian Ambassadors Over Submarine Deal

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