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France slams 'inelegant' Australian leak of Macron text message

Tensions between France and Australia on Tuesday reached their highest point yet over the recent cancellation by Canberra of a multi-billion French submarine sale, after Australian media published a leaked phone text message by President Emmanuel Macron to Australian PM Scott Morrison, in what appeared to be an attempt to imply Macron knew, contrary to what Paris has said, of looming problems with the deal.

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Australia hopes for detente as France plans to send back ambassador

After submarine deal row, diplomat Jean-Pierre Thébault will head back to Canberra to ‘redefine’ the relationship. 

Why submarine sale row shows France must re-think its role in the world

Joe Biden, Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron at the G7 leaders’ meeting hosted by the UK, June 11th 2021. © Photo Andrew Parsons / 10 Downing Str / Agence Anadolu / AFP Joe Biden, Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron at the G7 leaders’ meeting hosted by the UK, June 11th 2021. © Photo Andrew Parsons / 10 Downing Str / Agence Anadolu / AFP

After a phone conversation on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron appeared to have at least partly defused tensions over the new military pact between Australia, the UK and the US which entailed the cancellation of Australia’s purchase of 12 French submarines worth 56 billion euros. In this op-ed article, Mediapart’s international affairs specialist François Bougon argues that the diplomatic crisis of recent days should prompt a re-think of France’s global role and an end to the notion of its grandeur and exceptionalism, a heritage handed down from Charles de Gaulle.

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'.

France cancels defence meeting with UK over Australia subs dispute

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.

French FM slams 'stab in back' by Australia over cancelled sub deal

The announcement of a US-UK-Australia defence pact to face China's growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region has brought an abrupt and unexpected end to a 56-billion-euro deal signed in 2016 for the sale by France to Australia of 12 submarines, which will now instead be built in the US and UK.

France could access Australian military sites as countries boost ties

Australia and France have begun negotiations to significantly upgrade military co-operation, which would boost inter-operability between their forces.

All 30 sharks captured on barrier reef and sent to France have died

The scalloped hammerheads were all taken over an eight-year period to the Nausicaá aquarium in the French port of Boulogne, near Calais.

Macron urges Australia-France-India 'strategic axis'

But Australia academics say the president's motivations have more to do with French politics and that France is 'fairly peripheral' to region.


Macron talks defence on visit to Australia

Macron due to discuss security in Pacific where France has significant interests, with both countries concerned over rising Chinese influence.

Australian fears over French plans for wind farms on WWI battle site

Bullecourt in northern France was scene of heaviest Australian losses in war in battle that became symbolic of incompetence of British generals.

How Hollande's `bus full of generals' helped beat Germans to sub deal

French lobbying, including by François Hollande and 'a bus full of generals', helped win €34bn Australian deal over low-key German rival bid.

France wins €34 billion Australia submarine contract

The 12 Shortfin Barracuda submarines will be built by French defence and naval group DCNS in Adelaide using Australian steel.

French to lead initial probe of suspected flight MH370 debris

Officials from Malaysia, China, Australia and France hold meeting in Paris to discuss progress of investigation into missing plane.

Barbary and bloodshed: the horror reserved for Australia's asylum seekers


Last year, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and Amnesty International denounced the appalling conditions at an Australian immigration centre in Papua New Guinea, one of two offshore Pacific camps used by Australia to detain and process migrants' demands for asylum. But the alarm went unheeded, and in February this year a revolt by the detainees led to a bloody confrontation that left one 23 year-old Iranian asylum seeker dead, and 77 other people injured, some by gunshot and machete blows. Mediapart has gained access to a series of photos of the injured detainees and witness accounts of the tragic events on February 16th and 17th which received little coverage outside of Australia. Carine Fouteau reports on the inhumane and humiliating treatment Australia reserves for asylum seekers, one of whom, an Iraqi national aged 43, told Amnesty International that, given their fate, “if we had died in the ocean, that would have been better.”