‘New chapter’: Anthony Albanese pledges to strengthen ties with France
Mr Macron was asked if Mr Albanese should apologize for his handling of the deal, but the French president indicated the relationship had been mended.
France temporarily recalled its ambassador from Canberra and Mr Macron told Australian reporters that former Prime Minister Scott Morrison had lied to him.
He also kissed Mr Albanese’s partner, Jodie Haydon, on the hand before introducing them to his wife Brigitte.
He said Australia and France “share a strong commitment to more ambitious action on climate change and the clean energy transition”.
The Prime Minister said the country’s lack of action on climate change and the “break” in relations with France had stalled negotiations for a trade deal with the European Union.
What happened between Scott Morrison and Emmanuel Macron?
When asked by reporters if he thought Mr Morrison had lied about engaging with the US and UK on the deal, Mr Macron replied “I don’t think so, I know”.
“I was very clear that conventional submarines were not going to be able to meet our strategic interests and that we had to make a decision in our national interest,” Mr Morrison said.
With the AAP.