France threatens to block EU trade deal with Australia

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As French government anger mounts over Australia's announcement this month that it has abandoned an agreement to buy 12 submarines from France in favour of a defence and weapons pact with the US and UK, French European affairs minister said Paris is ready to block ongoing EU talks for a trade deal with Australia, which he called 'a country in which we no longer trust'.

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France has threatened to veto and block an EU free trade agreement with Australia over the cancellation of a 50- billion-euro submarine deal following last week’s security alliance between the Australians, Americans and British, reports The Times.