Australia’s then-Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he had “deep and grave concerns” about the capabilities of the French submarines, and the trilateral partnership with the UK and US — dubbed AUKUS — better served national interests, and added he would “make no apologies for getting the right result from Australia.”
Speaking to France 2 TV channel in September, then-French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said there had been “lying, duplicity, a major breach of trust and contempt. This will not do. Things are not going well between us, they’re not going well at all.”
“Given the gravity of the challenges that we face both in the region and globally, it is essential that Australia and France once again unite to defend our shared principles and interests,” Albanese said in a separate statement.