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French and Australian leaders hold first talks after submarine row


French President Emmanuel Macron and Australian PM Scott Morrison have held talks for the first time since a major row over a scrapped submarine deal.

Mr Macron's office said he told Mr Morrison by phone that last month's incident "had broken the relation of trust between our two countries".

Mr Morrison's office said the two leaders had "a candid discussion".

Paris was furious after Australia cancelled the multibillion deal to build 12 submarines.

Instead, Australia said it was negotiating a new defence pact with the US and the UK - the so-called Aukus.

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