France, Australia to hasten comeback from submarines row in Paris

AUSTRALIAN and French ministers are to meet today in a fresh drive to mend fences 16 months after Canberra pulled the plug on a big submarines contract, leaving Paris seething.  

A bitter row erupted in September 2021 when Australia’s previous prime minister Scott Morrison abruptly tore up a contract for France to build a dozen diesel-powered submarines and announced a deal to buy US or British nuclear-powered subs.