French President Emmanuel Macron, second left, pictured in 2018 standing on the deck of an Australian submarine in Sydney, with former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other officials. Photo: AFP French President Emmanuel Macron, second left, pictured in 2018 standing on the deck of an Australian submarine in Sydney, with former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other officials. Photo: AFP
French President Emmanuel Macron, second left, pictured in 2018 standing on the deck of an Australian submarine in Sydney, with former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other officials. Photo: AFP

Australia’s concerns over French submarine deal known for years, documents show

  • As early as September 2018, an independent oversight board had advised Australia to look at alternatives, an auditor-general report shows
  • Australian parliamentary hearings and reports on the project also showed problems emerging even before construction had begun

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French President Emmanuel Macron, second left, pictured in 2018 standing on the deck of an Australian submarine in Sydney, with former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other officials. Photo: AFP French President Emmanuel Macron, second left, pictured in 2018 standing on the deck of an Australian submarine in Sydney, with former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other officials. Photo: AFP
French President Emmanuel Macron, second left, pictured in 2018 standing on the deck of an Australian submarine in Sydney, with former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other officials. Photo: AFP
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