France's Ambassador to Australia Jean-Pierre Thebault described Canberra’s surprise cancellation of a major submarine contract in favour of a US deal as a ‘huge mistake’. Photo: AP
France's Ambassador to Australia Jean-Pierre Thebault described Canberra’s surprise cancellation of a major submarine contract in favour of a US deal as a ‘huge mistake’. Photo: AP

Aukus: France’s ambassador says Australia was ‘childish’ to keep submarine deal secret

  • Jean-Pierre Thebault, who is returning to Canberra, said France is a security partner of Australia, Britain and the US, and could have been consulted
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the bilateral relationship was bigger than a cancelled submarine contract, given France’s presence in the Indo-Pacific

Topic |   Aukus alliance
France's Ambassador to Australia Jean-Pierre Thebault described Canberra’s surprise cancellation of a major submarine contract in favour of a US deal as a ‘huge mistake’. Photo: AP
France's Ambassador to Australia Jean-Pierre Thebault described Canberra’s surprise cancellation of a major submarine contract in favour of a US deal as a ‘huge mistake’. Photo: AP
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