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France’s Top Diplomat in Australia Accuses Morrison of Deceit

  • Tit-for-tat comments come after Macron’s ‘liar’ accusation
  • Fallout from axed submarine deal may hit PM’s credibility
Jean-Pierre Thebault
Jean-Pierre ThebaultPhotographer: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

France’s war of words with Australia over a scrapped A$90 billion ($67 billion) submarine deal is showing no sign of abating nearly two months later, with the ambassador saying Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government was guilty of a “stab in the back.”

“The deceit was intentional,” Jean-Pierre Thebault told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday. “These are not things which are done between partners, even less between friends. Especially in view of the strong historical ties that exist between our people and our strong political, strategic common interests for our citizens in this region.”