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French President Emmanuel Macron said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison lied to him about the cancellation of a submarine construction contract in September, pointing out that more needs to be done to restore confidence between the two allies.
French President Emmanuel Macron has accused Scott Morrison of lied to him for tearing up a $ 90 billion submarine deal between the two nations - but the Prime Minister has dismissed the charges.
French President Emmanuel Macron called Prime Minister Scott Morrison a liar on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Rome. Macron said he was surprised to see its participation in the AUKUS agreement with the United States and Australia Britain announced. He says Franco-Australian relations deteriorated after Australia pulled out of its submarine deal with France. Scott Morrison claims the deal was in Australia's best interests - and was recently pushed for comments before leaving Rome. Visibly shaken, the Prime Minister denied lying to President Macron and claimed that Australia's relationship with France was not placed above the national interest.