Why the EU will pay for France's fury over Australia submarine deal

Mr Le Drian added: “There has been a lie, there has been duplicity, there has been a major breach of trust, there has been contempt, so it’s not OK between us, it’s not OK at all. That means that there is a crisis.”

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended his decision to renege on the French submarine death, however.

He said he did “not regret the decision to put Australia’s national interest first”, adding: “They would have had every reason to know that we have deep and grave concerns that the capability being delivered by the Attack-class submarine was not going to meet our strategic interests.

“We had made very clear that we would be making a decision based on our strategic national interest.”

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