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Emmanuel Macron tells Scott Morrison ‘trust was broken’ after AUKUS submarine deal

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French President Emmanuel Macron has told Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison he has broken the trust between their two countries and it is up to Canberra to repair relations, the Elysee Palace says.

In the call on Thursday, which came ahead of a UN climate change summit in Glasgow, Macron also urged Morrison to commit to halting coal mining and the use of coal for power production.

Relations between France and Australia soured when Canberra signed up to the AUKUS partnership which involved the US and the UK helping Australia create a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.

The new partnership meant Australia scrapped a $A90 billion deal for France to supply diesel-electric submarines.

Scott Morrison and Emmanuel Macron. Credit: EPA

The call between the pair, who will both attend a G20 summit in Rome later this week, is the first time the two leaders have spoken since France was informed by letter that Canberra was scrapping the 2016 submarine deal.

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