The French head of state answered a question from an Australian journalist on Sunday during the G20 in Rome (Italy).
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The pill still does not seem to have passed for France. “I know” that the prime minister Scott Morrison Lied to me, Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday (October 31) about the secret negotiations between Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom on the Aukus defense agreement, which resulted in the breach of a Franco-Australian contract on sub -marines.
“Do you think Scott Morrison lied to you?”, asked an Australian journalist, on the sidelines of the G20 in Rome. “I don’t think so, I know”, responded in a filmed response the French president, who had already expressed his anger after the breakdown of the agreement between France and Australia for the sale of twelve submarines for 55 billion euros.
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
“We are discussing, we will see what he does”, he said about the possibility of giving him back His confidence. “I have a lot of respect for your country and a lot of respect and friendship for your people”, he continued, but “when you have respect, you have to be two and behave in accordance with these values”.
Emmanuel Macron spoke Thursday with the Australian Prime Minister for the first time since the crisis caused by the announcement in mid-September of a new alliance between the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom, called Aukus, who torpedoed the French submarine mega-contract. The French president then repeated to him that this breach of contract “had broken the relationship of trust between our two countries”.