France cancels defence meeting with UK over Australia subs dispute

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Paris has called off a meeting due in London this week between France's armed forces minister and her British counterpart amid a heightening row  over Australia’s decision to abandon a deal to buy 12 French diesel-electric submarines in favour of a pact with the US and UK.

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France has cancelled a meeting between Florence Parly, the armed forces minister, and her British counterpart which was planned for this week as anger mounted in Paris over a submarine deal struck by Britain, the United States and Australia, reports The Times.