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France cancels defence meeting with UK over submarine row, sources say By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: On July 29th, 2021, Florence Parly, French Defense Minister, visited Sentinelle soldiers outside Paris’ Austerlitz train station. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

PARIS (Reuters) – France has cancelled a meeting between Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly and her British counterpart planned for this week after Australia scrapped a submarine order with Paris in favour of a deal with Washington and London, two sources familiar with the matter said.

Sources say Parly decided to end the bilateral meeting between herself and Ben Wallace, British Defence Secretary.

It was not possible to reach the French defense ministry immediately. British defence ministry declined to comment.

According to sources, the meeting was cancelled according to a Guardian newspaper article.

Paris has sent its ambassadors to Canberra and Washington back after it was scrapped the multi-billion-dollar sub-satellite contract.

France says that it was not consulted by allies. Australia claims that Paris had communicated its concerns for the contract to them for many months.

According to a French spokesperson, the French president Emmanuel Macron will be speaking by phone with Joe Biden (the U.S. president) in the next few days to address the crisis.

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