“French President Emmanuel Macron has said Australia’s PM Scott Morrison lied to him about a scrapped submarine deal.
Asked whether he thinks Mr Morrison was untruthful, the president replied: “I don’t think, I know.”
Mr Macron was furious after Australia cancelled a $37bn (£27bn) deal to build 12 submarines, and instead negotiated a new defence pact with the US and the UK – the so-called Aukus.
Mr Morrison denies that he was dishonest.
The pair met at the G20 summit in Rome for the first time since the row erupted in September.
On the sidelines of the gathering, President Macron was asked by an Australian journalist whether he could trust Mr Morrison again.
“We will see what he will deliver,” Mr Macron answered.
“I have a lot of respect for your country. I have a lot of respect and a lot of friendship for your people. I just say when we have respect, you have to be true and you have to behave in line and consistently with this value.””
Comment? “Clumsy?” Biden said of the deal that screwed the French. One of the world’s greatest recent understatements.
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