French ambassador returns to Australia after submarine snub

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The French ambassador to Australia has arrived in Sydney, returning weeks after being called back to Paris.

Jean-Pierre Thebault landed on Sunday afternoon saying he was “happy to be back” but warned the relationship between Australia and France still required some work.

“Let’s see what we’ll be able to work together,” Mr Thebault said.

The ambassador has been in Paris since it was revealed last month that Australia would be cancelling its $90 billion contract to buy submarines from France.

The deal was usurped by the decision to instead acquire nuclear-powered submarines from the US as part of the three-way strategic defence alliance announced by Australia, the UK and the US.

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