Australia French ambassador returns to Australia after submarine snub
Dan Tehan gets cancelled by the French as submarine fallout continues
It's a cold, cold time in Paris for Australia's trade minister, and it doesn't look like warming up any time soon.And while France’s ambassador, recalled in the aftermath of the AUKUS pivot, will now return to Canberra, Tehan’s visit shows how far relations with France, and Europe in general, have soured.
The French ambassador to Australia has arrived in Sydney, returning weeks after being called back to Paris.
Jean-Pierre Thebault landed on Sunday afternoon saying he was "happy to be back" but warned the relationship between Australia and France still required some work.
"Let's see what we'll be able to work together," Mr Thebault said.
Video: France 'over time' will appreciate reasons for submarine snub (Sky News Australia)
The ambassador has been in Paris since it was revealed last month that Australia would be cancelling its $90 billion contract to buy submarines from France.
The deal was usurped by the decision to instead acquire nuclear-powered submarines from the US as part of the three-way strategic defence alliance announced by Australia, the UK and the US.
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