Snubbed Australia to be 'patient' in fixing France ties

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
  • Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he is patient about relations with France.
  • Australia cancelled a submarine deal with France.
  • France reacted with anger.


Australia's leader said he is being given the cold shoulder by French President Emmanuel Macron after the controversial scrapping of a submarine deal, but vowed to be "patient" in repairing frayed relations.

Speaking in Washington late on Wednesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he had tried to reach the French leader but the call had "not yet" happened.

"But we'll be patient. We understand their disappointment," Morrison said.

READ | France accuses Australia, US of 'lying' in escalating crisis

It is a week since Australia without warning tore up a long-standing A$90 billion ($66 billion) deal to buy a dozen French submarines.

Australia simultaneously announced plans to acquire at least eight US or British nuclear-powered vessels after months of secret talks, sparking fury in Paris.

France in retaliation cancelled a cocktail party to mark US-French ties, recalled its ambassadors to Washington and Canberra and accused both countries of backstabbing and lies.

While US President Joe Biden and Macron have moved to patch up their differences in a 30-minute phone call, which the White House described on Wednesday as "friendly", there has been no such effort made with Morrison.

France plans to return its ambassador to Washington next week, but there is no announcement yet on the return of the French ambassador to Canberra.

"Australia decided not to proceed with a very significant defence contract. And understandably, we know that France is disappointed about that," Morrison said.

"I think those issues will take further time to work through than the ones that were being dealt with between the United States and France."

Never miss a story. Choose from our range of newsletters to get the news you want delivered straight to your inbox.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Should Proteas star Quinton de Kock continue playing at the T20 World Cup even if he doesn't take the knee in support of the fight against racism?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes! He should be allowed to show his support any way he chooses
38% - 1688 votes
No! If De Kock refuses to unite with his teammates, then he should be on the next plane home
12% - 547 votes
The only ones at fault here are Cricket SA, who have sabotaged another Proteas World Cup
49% - 2190 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
15.04
-1.5%
Rand - Pound
20.67
-1.4%
Rand - Euro
17.44
-1.6%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.30
-1.7%
Rand - Yen
0.13
-1.9%
Gold
1,794.30
+0.1%
Silver
24.10
-0.5%
Palladium
1,965.03
-2.4%
Platinum
1,012.00
-1.9%
Brent Crude
86.40
+0.5%
Top 40
60,874
-0.3%
All Share
67,475
-0.2%
Resource 10
63,082
-0.9%
Industrial 25
87,253
+0.1%
Financial 15
14,054
+0.2%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE