Several high-ranking Elysee officials harshly criticized Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday for leaking a text message from French President Emmanuel Macron as tensions between the two countries mount.
“The trust is completely broken,” said a Macron advisor in statements to the newspaper “Le Parisien”. “Showing a private text message between two heads of state or government is an unconventional and crude tactic,” he said.
The advisor has indicated that Macron would never have thought of spreading such communications. “It is not the usual thing that is being done to improve relations between France and Australia,” he said.
Sent days prior to the signing of the controversial AUKUS agreement signed by the administration of US President Joe Biden with London and Canberra, the text asked Macron Morrison if he should expect good or bad news about the contract sale from U. -Boot.
The spread came after Macron accused Morrison of lying to him about the frustrated sale of submarines to Australia to form an alliance with the UK and the US.
In response, Morrison has denied lying to Macron at their June meeting at the Elysee, stressing that during his visit to Paris he relocated that the submarines supplied by the French firm Naval Group did not meet Australian needs.
Macron himself had his first telephone conversation with Morrison since the outbreak of the crisis on Thursday, in which he regretted that the “relationship of trust” between the two countries had broken. He said it was a “unilateral decision” that led to “another project that has yet to be completed”.
For his part, Biden admitted to Macron on Friday that the crisis sparked by the frustrated sale of submarines was the result of “awkwardness” by the White House, a gesture the French President is looking to use as a starting point for strengthening bilateral relations “into the future”.