French, UK defence ministers’ meeting off amid sub row

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France has cancelled a meeting set for this week between its Defence Minister Florence Parly and her British counterpart Ben Wallace, a source at her ministry told AFP Sunday. The move comes after the United States, Australia and the UK sparked a full-blown diplomatic crisis with France by announcing a strategic partnership under which US nuclear submarines will be supplied to Australia, effectively sidelining France. The “meeting planned for this week in London… will not take place due to the French cancelling”, said the ministry source. Australia’s decision to tear up a contract to buy Fre…

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