France threatens to block EU trade deal with Australia


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.