France pledges to repair its ties with Australia after failed submarine deal

France pledges to repair its ties with Australia after failed submarine deal

France pledges to repair its ties with Australia after failed submarine deal

France pledges to repair its ties with Australia

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  • France and Australia engaged in a very public spat after Australia pulled out of a multi-billion dollar defense deal.
  • The deal would have seen France provide them with nuclear-powered submarines.
  • Comments by Sebastien Lecornu come after Australia said they will pay French defense contractor Naval Group a $584 million settlement.
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Following a failed submarine agreement that resulted in a breach of relations between the two countries; France’s defence minister said on Saturday that the country sought to repair its relationship with Australia.
Sebastien Lecornu’s remarks came after Australia announced; that it will pay a $584 million settlement to French defence contractor Naval Group; after cancelling a contract that had been in place since 2016.

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“At his request, I will meet with the incoming Australian government’s Defense Minister,” Lecornu stated in a message on Twitter. “Our geography and history are intertwined… We must look to the future and create new foundations for cooperation.”
In September 2021, France and Australia had a public fight; after Australia rejected a multi-billion dollar defence deal in which France; that would have provided them with nuclear-powered submarines in favour of a deal with the US and the UK.

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