Macron welcomes Albanian to presidential palace in Paris

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.

Australian Prime Minister is on a mission to rebuild Australia’s relationship with France to “what it should be”

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is greeted by French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, on Friday, July 1, 2022. fedpol Photo: Alex Ellinghausen (The Sydney Morning Herald)

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.

The Prime Minister announced a $830 million compensation arrangement with the Naval Group in June, in an effort to restore relations.

“What I want to do, however, is make sure we can look forward,” he told reporters.

Macron welcomes Albanian to presidential palace in Paris
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is greeted by French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, on Friday, July 1, 2022. fedpol Photo: Alex Ellinghausen (The Sydney Morning Herald)
Macron welcomes Albanian to presidential palace in Paris
Emmanuel Macron’s wife Brigitte and Anthony Albanese’s partner Jodie Haydon share a humorous moment when the Australian duo are welcomed at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France. (Alex Ellinghausen)
Macron welcomes Albanian to presidential palace in Paris
Anthony Albanese and Emmanuel Macron shake hands as they arrive at the Elysee Palace in Paris. (Alex Ellinghausen)

“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.”

The Nation’s Relationship With France is a key.

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.

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