An Elysee spokesman said France had not changed its plans for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in the wake of the submarine deal between the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
“While the foreign minister was always going to represent France at the UNGA, the submarines deal did not change our plans,” CNN reports.
The government said it was betrayed by Australia when Canberra pulled out of its multi-billion-dollar defense deal and instead obtained nuclear-powered submarines from the US and UK through a new deal.
Australia’s prime minister said on Sunday that Canberra was concerned about conventional submarines sourced from France that would not meet its strategic needs, CNN reported.
Earlier, France had withdrawn its ambassadors from Canberra and Washington after Australia withdrew from a multi-billion dollar deal to build French submarines.
France accused Australia of scrapping the French submarine deal in favor of American nuclear-powered ships.
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