France accuses Australia, US of ‘lying’ in escalating crisis

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Paris (AFP) – France on Saturday accused Australia and the United States of lying over a ruptured Australian contract to buy French submarines, saying a grave crisis was underway between the allies after Paris recalled its ambassadors. President Emmanuel Macron on Friday ordered back the ambassadors to Canberra and Washington in an unprecedented move to signal his fury over Australia’s decision to break a deal for the French submarines in favour of American vessels. The row has, for now, ended hopes of a post-Donald Trump renaissance in relations between Paris and Washington under President Jo…

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