Anthony Albanian selfie with French President Emmanuel Macron

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Excuse me! Anthony Albanese tries to smooth things over with French leader Emmanuel Macron with a cheeky selfie at the G20 – after Australia torpedoed a $5 billion submarine deal

  • Anthony Albanese in selfie amid Australia’s strained relationship with France
  • The Prime Minister met French President Emmanuel Macron at the G20 summit
  • The former coalition government dumped the French submarine contract last year
  • Both countries disagreed afterwards, but the leaders all smiled on Wednesday

Australia’s relationship with France appears to be on the mend as leaders from both countries discuss how to work together on defence, security, climate change and culture.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese met French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the G20 summit on Wednesday.

It is the second time Albanian has met his French counterpart since the Labor election in May.

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Mr Albanese honored the moment by taking a selfie with French leader and Indonesian President Joko Widodo, host of the summit.

Anthony Albanese honored the moment by taking a selfie with French leader Emmanuel Macron and Indonesian President Joko Widodo

The Franco-Australian relationship was damaged last year following a decision by the previous coalition government to scrap a contract with a French submarine in favor of acquiring others under a partnership with the UK and US (pictured, a French submarine )

The Franco-Australian relationship was damaged last year following a decision by the previous coalition government to scrap a contract with a French submarine in favor of acquiring others under a partnership with the UK and US (pictured, a French submarine )

But it was all smiles (pictured) as the two leaders met in Bali for a bilateral meeting on the final day of the G20 summit

But it was all smiles (pictured) as the two leaders met in Bali for a bilateral meeting on the final day of the G20 summit

Mr Macron arrived five minutes late and immediately apologized for keeping Mr Albanese waiting (pictured, the leaders on the sidelines of the G20 leadership summit in Bali)

Mr Macron arrived five minutes late and immediately apologized for keeping Mr Albanese waiting (pictured, the leaders on the sidelines of the G20 leadership summit in Bali)

The Franco-Australian relationship was damaged last year following a decision by the previous coalition government to scrap a contract with a French submarine in favor of acquiring others under a partnership with the UK and US.

Former Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s clandestine decision to scrap the deal cost French shipbuilders an estimated $5 billion.

France temporarily recalled its ambassador from Canberra and Mr Macron told Australian reporters that Mr Morrison had lied to him.

But it was all smiles when the two leaders met in Bali for a bilateral meeting on the last day of the G20 summit.

Mr Macron arrived five minutes late and immediately apologized for keeping Mr Albanese waiting.

Opening the meeting, the prime minister said he had a lot to discuss with the president, including more cooperation on defense and education and culture.

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Mr Albanese said he looks forward to welcoming Mr Macron to Australia and extending the same hospitality shown to him in Paris in July.

Mr Albanese’s approach to diplomatic relations with China, following a historic meeting with President Xi Jinping on Tuesday, was endorsed by Mr Macron.

“I fully agree with you on the strategic approach of the Indo-Pacific strategy,” Macron said.

Opening the meeting, the Prime Minister said he had a lot to discuss with the President, including more cooperation on defense and education and culture (pictured, Mr Macron and Mr Albanese among other leaders at the summit)

Opening the meeting, the Prime Minister said he had a lot to discuss with the President, including more cooperation on defense and education and culture (pictured, Mr Macron and Mr Albanese among other leaders at the summit)

Mr Albanese (pictured, right with the French leader) said he looks forward to welcoming Mr Macron to Australia and returning the same hospitality shown to him when he was in Paris in July

Mr Albanese (pictured, right with the French leader) said he looks forward to welcoming Mr Macron to Australia and returning the same hospitality shown to him when he was in Paris in July

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