France takes a brutal swipe at Scott Morrison after Labor win election
France brutally slams Scott Morrison after Anthony Albanese claims historic election victory
- France’s outgoing foreign minister bid farewell to Scott Morrison
- Jean-Yves Le Drian lashed out at former prime minister for submarine contract
- He accused him of showing ‘unequivocal incompetence’ with the decision
France’s outgoing foreign minister has bid farewell to Scott Morrison after Anthony Albanese famously won Saturday’s election.
Morrison’s reputation in the European country was destroyed after President Emmanuel Macron accused him of lying about Australia’s intentions in signing a submarine contract with the country’s defense force.
Jean-Yves Le Drian, one of France’s leading politicians, celebrated Morrison’s defeat and accused him of being “incompetent”.
“I can’t help but say that Morrison’s defeat suits me very well,” the country’s foreign minister said.
Jean-Yves Le Drian, one of France’s top politicians, said Scott Morrison’s decision to withdraw from the submarine contract was a sign of “unequivocal incompetence”.
French President Emmanuel Macron called Scott Morrison a “liar” when speaking to Australian journalists at the G20 Summit.
Diplomatic tensions between the two countries have intensified since Australia pulled out of a $90 billion deal with France to make its next generation of submarines.
Hours after the two shared an awkward exchange at the G20 Summit in Rome, the French president expressed his feelings about Morrison during a fiery exchange with Australian journalists, calling his counterpart a “liar.”
Le Drian said Morrison’s decision to walk away from the deal was a clear sign of “brutality and cynicism.”
“I would even be tempted to say unequivocal incompetence,” he said of Mr Morrison’s actions.
The outgoing minister said he hoped Albanese could help restore the relationship between the two countries and “resume a frank and constructive dialogue with Australia in the future.”
Meanwhile, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern thanked Morrison for the “working relationship” they had during his tenure.
‘I would also like to acknowledge the strong working relationship I had with Scott Morrison. I am confident that the close and unique relationship between New Zealand and Australia will continue under Mr Albanese’s leadership,’ he said.
A rare handshake in Rome between Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (right) and French President Emmanuel Macron (left)
“I look forward to meeting Prime Minister Albanese in the near future and working with him on a range of issues, including supporting New Zealanders living in Australia, further facilitating business across Tasmania, deepening our partnership with our close friends in the Pacific, and promote our interests on the world stage.
‘Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand are at their best when we work together; when we recognize our mutual interests, our shared values, and the uniqueness of our perspectives; when we are united as allies and whānau, recognizing the strength in our diversity.’
Ms Ardern said that she had already spoken to the new prime minister and looked forward to meeting him.
“Spoke to Anthony Albanese… as he prepared to address his supporters. It was a warm conversation and I am looking forward to formally meeting with him soon,” he said in a statement.
‘Anthony and I have had the opportunity to meet before and I have no doubt that we will have a strong working relationship that will serve both countries well.
“Australia is our most important partner, our only official ally and our single economic market relationship, and I believe our countries will work even more closely together in these tumultuous times.”