President Macron accuses Australian PM of “lying”


French President Emmanuel Macron has claimed that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who announced that he had previously informed France of the cancellation of the submarine deal, was a liar.

Macron answered questions about the submarine crisis between Australia and France at the G20 leaders’ summit in Rome, Italy.


And in a question: Do you think Scott Morrison lied to you? As for the question, the French president said he not only believed Morrison was lying but was sure of it.

Macron stated that they are in negotiations with the Australian authorities and that the situation will become clear over time.

Macron stressed that he respects Australia and its people, and stressed that this respect must be mutual.

And with the agreement signed between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, known as AUKUS.

Australia canceled a A$90 billion (about $67.5 billion) contract with France’s Naval Group to build 12 conventional diesel-electric submarines in 2016.


The cancellation of the agreement caused a crisis between France and Australia, and France withdrew its ambassadors from Canberra and Washington in response, as Morrison stated that they had informed France in advance of the cancellation of the agreement.