France says Australia hits a “new low” leaking Macron’s text

Canberra, Australia (AP) — Australia’s leak of President Emmanuel Macron’s text message to the media is a “new low” that could be used against them, armed with private communication with the Australian Government. The French ambassador said Wednesday, warning other world leaders that he was sexual.

France’s Ambassador to Australia Jean-Pierre Tebeau uses a speech to Australia’s National Press Club to sign an A $ 90 billion ($ 66 billion) contract with France to build a fleet of 12 diesel electric submarines. Made a dead attack against Canberra’s surprising decision to destroy.

Very bitter bilateral spats are being heightened by bilateral leaders seeking reelection early next year. Questions have been raised about how to effectively reset the relationship if both Marcon and Morrison remain responsible.

France is undermining international confidence in Australia as its government seeks to conclude a free trade agreement with the European Union.

Australian media on Tuesday reported the content of the text message from Macron to Prime Minister Scott Morrison in September, and French leaders asked, “Which news should we expect from our joint submarine ambitions, good news or bad news?” I asked.

Morrison used it as evidence that Macron knew the deal was suspicious after Macron accused Australian leaders of lying during a supper in Paris in June. Macron said Morrison did not give him any sign that the deal was slow.

France has accused the leak of further breach of trust.

“This is an unprecedented new low, both in terms of how to proceed, in terms of truth and trust,” said Thebault.

“Doing so … sends a very worrisome signal to all heads of state. In Australia, leaks occur and confidently telling partners is ultimately used and a weapon.” Added Thebault.

Rather than proving that Morrison wasn’t lying to Marcon, the message suggested that Australia had left France in the dark.

“It’s a complete indication that we didn’t know where things were going until the very end,” Thebault said. “It perfectly shows that we have never been told.”

Australia formed an alliance with the United States and the United Kingdom and canceled the deal when it acquired a fleet of eight nuclear-powered submarines built with US technology.

Morrison claimed he did not lie to French leaders, revealing that traditional submarines would not meet Australia’s evolving strategic needs.

Thebault has rejected Morrison’s account.

“The scam was intentional. The way it was handled was clearly stabbed from behind,” said Thebault.

The French ambassador agreed with Macron’s assessment that he had lied to Morrison many times.

“There may be a difference between misleading and lying,” Thebault said.

“But when you misunderstand your friends and allies among heads of state and government leaders, you lie to him,” Thebault added.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who has signed a French submarine contract and considers Macron a personal friend, has taken part in an attack on the credibility of his successor.

“Scott has always had a reputation for lying,” Turnbull told reporters. “He is lying to me many times.”

When asked if the Prime Minister’s Office leaked Macron’s text, Morrison did not answer directly.

“I don’t think there is any benefit to anyone on this path,” Morrison told reporters in the United Arab Emirates on his way home from Scotland.

“The claim was made and the claim was refuted,” Morrison said. “Australia has decided not to proceed with a submarine contract that does not do the job it needs. I will never apologize for that decision.”

After the announcement of Australia’s new nuclear propulsion alliance, French Ambassador to the United States Philippe Etienne was recalled to Paris.

Etienne returned to Washington in September, but Tebaud did not return to Canberra until last month.

Thebault said France “again found a way to work with the United States.”

The bankruptcy of the submarine contract led to the postponement of negotiations with Australia by the European Union on a free trade agreement that was scheduled to resume last month.

France “has no reason to interfere” with the European Commission’s negotiations on behalf of the 27 member states, Tebor said.

One of the considerations in concluding such a trade agreement was “quality of partner signatures”.