Keyword: diplomatic row

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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Algeria closes airspace to French military and recalls ambassador

The deepening diplomatic spat comes as France repositions thousands of its troops who are involved in the international fight against Islamist extremism in the southern Sahara. 

France tells Italy 'playtime is over' in diplomatic row

Paris defends recall of envoy to Rome after 'unfounded attacks' by Italian leaders as Italy criticizes ‘ultra-liberal’ French policies.

Migrant standoff at French border post sparks row with Italy

While about 100 migrants continued their sit-in at the Riviera border at Ventimiglia, Italy's PM slammed French refusals to allow them passage.

Morocco suspends judicial cooperation with France

The escalating tension follows a French police attempt to question Morocco's domestic intelligence chief over alleged rights' abuses.

Hollande phones Moroccan king to cool diplomatic spat

The row centres on a French police bid to quizz Moroccan spy chief, and a French diplomat's alleged comments on rights abuses by Morocco.

Hollande quip about Algeria sparks diplomatic row

French president offered his 'sincere regrets' for causing any offence over a joke that his interior minister had survived a trip to Algeria this month.

Former French intelligence chief says France also spies on US

Bernard Squarcini, once boss of France’s counter-espionage and counter-terrorism agency, said allied countries 'spy on each other all the time'.

French government distances itself from Socialist Party attack on Merkel

Ministers publicly disown socialist party's internal document denouncing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s 'selfish intransigence' over austerity.