French President Emmanuel Macron has welcomed Prime Minister Anthony Albanian to the presidential palace in Paris.
Albanian and his partner Jodie Haydon were welcomed at the Elysee Palace on Saturday (Friday evening AEST) by Macron and his wife Brigitte.
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It is the first time the two leaders have spoken at this level since the submarine agreement between Australia and France under the Morrison government.
Albanian and Macron spoke privately in Madrid this week on the sidelines of NATO’s special summit.
Ahead of the meeting in France, Albanian would not be interested in apologizing for breaking the submarine deal, instead stating that it is all about the future.
“What I want to do, however, is make sure we can look forward,” he told reporters.
“Look ahead in a way that builds the relationship to what it should be.
“It has to be a relationship where we can rely on each other as we have for a long time and in which we can trust each other.”
France is the current president of the European Union, meaning Australia will need the country’s support to sign a free trade agreement with the EU early next year.