Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s defeat in the legislative elections “makes me very happy”, said the French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, this Saturday.
The statement comes eight months after the Australian prime minister broke a French submarine mega-contract sparking an intense diplomatic dispute with Paris.
“I love the Prime Minister’s defeat”, Le Drian responded, as he handed the baton to Catherine Colonna, the new head of French diplomacy. “The actions taken at the time they were taken were cruel and cynical, and I would be tempted to even say that outright incompetence,” he said.
Jean-Yves Le Drian said he now hoped it would be possible to develop again “a clear and constructive dialogue in the future” with Australia, he concluded.
Canberra provoked a protracted conflict with Paris in September, denouncing a contract for the sale of French submarines to the Australian Navy for more than 50 billion euros, giving preference to nuclear-powered Anglo-American submarines. . , To mark its outrage, France sent back its ambassador to the US, an unprecedented act in relation to this historic ally, as well as to Australia, the country at the origin of the crisis. Generally not very outgoing, Jean-Yves Le Drian fired red balls at criminals in a very non-diplomatic and rarely worded manner.
“Lies”, “repetitions”, “contempt”, accusing Jean-Yves Le Drian of hiding their conversations for months. And he denounced “major breaches of trust” among allies of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
In early April, Australian officials acknowledged that Canberra would have to pay up to 5.5 billion Australian dollars (3.7 billion euros) to end the deal with France.
Labor Anthony Albanese declared victory in Australia’s parliamentary elections this Saturday, noting that voters voted for change after nine years of rule by the Conservatives. “The Australian people voted for change,” Albanese welcomed the victory speech, vowed to turn Australia into a renewable energy “superpower” and announced he would participate as prime minister in the quadrilateral security talks, which Australia brings Japan together. India and United States of America.
Conservative Scott Morrison had already given up, declaring that “it is important for the country to be certain and move forward”, referring to Tuesday’s quadrennial meeting in Japan, where Australia will have to send the first minister .