French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronMacron: Britain’s resolution on fisheries agreement a test of the country’s credibility Overnight Defense & National Security – Biden discusses Afghanistan, submarine agreements in Europe The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Facebook – Biden does not discuss abortion with Pope Francis MORE said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison lied about the submarine deal that blocked relations between the countries last month.
“I have a lot of respect for your country. I have a lot of respect and a lot of friendship for your people. I’m just saying when we have respect … you have to behave in line and consistent with that value,” Macron told reporters , talks about Australia and its Prime Minister.
“Do you think he lied to you?” a journalist asked the French president.
“I do not think I know,” Macron replied.
I ask French President Emmanuel Macron if Scott Morrison lied to him: “I do not think I know.” pic.twitter.com/3tcg4xrl90
– Bevan Shields (@BevanShields) October 31, 2021
Morrison disputed Macron’s remarks, claiming he had told the French president that conventional submarines France was building for Australia would not be sufficient, Reuters reported.
Macron’s stinging remarks illustrate France’s persistent frustration over a deal announced in September. Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States announced a trilateral partnership to help Australia acquire nuclear submarines, effectively erasing an earlier agreement France had secured with Australia.
The agreement blinded France, and the country recalled its ambassadors to Australia and the United States in response. However, France’s ambassador to the United States later returned to Washington, DC
During a one-on-one meeting between President BidenJoe BidenTrump lawyer accused Pence of causing Capitol attack: Report that Biden receives communion in Rome Protesters march for climate action in Rome amid G-20 summit MORE and Macron in Italy, Biden reiterated that France was an important partner of the United States and called the way the agreement, called AUKUS, was handled “clumsily.”
“I think what happened was, to use an English phrase, what we did was clumsy,” Biden said Friday. “It was not done with much grace. I was under the impression that some things had happened that had not happened.”
“I want to be clear: France is an extremely, extremely valued partner,” Biden added. “We have the same values.”
“We clarified together what we were going to clarify,” Macron told reporters about his meeting with Biden. “And what is important now is precisely to be sure that such a situation will not be possible for our future.”