‘I don’t think, I know’ – what makes Macron’s comments about Morrison so extraordinary and so worrying

Romain Fathi

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Abstract

French President Emmanuel Macron has called Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison a liar on the world stage.

In an extraordinary doorstop interview with Australian reporters at the G20 in Rome, Macron was asked if he thought Morrison lied to him over the cancellation of a submarine contract in September. The French President’s reply was damning:

I don’t think, I know.

For his part, Morrison says he did not lie (and gave Macron a heads-up in June about the contract). Nevertheless, the comments show a diplomatic relationship in deep trouble.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2021

Keywords

  • Australia
  • Diplomacy
  • submarines
  • France
  • Scott Morrison
  • Emmanuel Macron
  • AUKUS

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