Australia says return of French ambassador to aid repair of bilateral relationship

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(Refiles to fix broken link in last paragraph) By Colin Packham CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne said on Thursday the return of France’s ambassador to Canberra will help repair relations between the two countries which were damaged when Australia cancelled a $40 billion submarine contract. Australia last month walked away from a deal with France’s Naval Group to build a fleet of conventional submarines and will instead build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines with U.S. and British technology after striking a trilateral security partnership with those two co…

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