Controversy over submarine: French company wants to send bill to Australia for stalled business

Controversy over submarine: French company wants to send bill to Australia for stalled business

In the heated submarine dispute between France, the United States and Australia, the French Naval Group intends to soon submit a “detailed and calculated proposal” to the Australian state regarding the cost of canceling the agreed delivery of submarines.

The company’s boss, Pierre-Eric Palmet, told French newspaper Le Figaro that Australia would receive the invoice “in a few weeks”. “Australia terminated the treaty conveniently, which means we are not to blame,” he said.

“This is a matter that is provided for in the contract and requires payment of our pre-expenses and future costs,” Pamlet told the newspaper. These include, for example, the cost of “monetisation of infrastructure and IT” and “re-evaluation of employees”. Pamlet reiterated: “We will claim our rights.”

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While US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron are trying to reconcile, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Macron has so far put them on the backburner.

Morrison said during a visit to Washington on Wednesday evening that he had tried calling Macron, but it had “not happened yet”. “We will show patience, we understand your disappointment,” he said, referring to the broken submarine deal between the two countries.

Biden and Macron try to relax

Meanwhile, President Biden and Macron agreed in a “deep consultation” telephone conversation between their governments, as the White House and Elysee Palace announced in a joint statement.

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