The anger of the French “driven by their domestic policy”
On Thursday evening, just before flying to Rome, Mr. Morrison had his first conversation with Mr. Macron since the cancellation last month of the submarine contract with Naval Group, which has seen relations plummet to their worst. low level since the French nuclear tests in the Pacific.
Australia has instead opted for nuclear submarines as part of the new AUKUS alliance with the United Kingdom and the United States.
According to a statement released by the French, Mr Macron criticized Mr Morrison for “breaching the trust” and said it was Australia’s responsibility to mend the relationship, which included adequate financial compensation for them. companies and subcontractors concerned.
Mr Macron also called on Australia to do more to tackle climate change, including stopping coal production and consumption and setting a higher emissions reduction target for 2030.
These topics will be on the agenda of the G20 in Rome this weekend in which Mr. Morrison and Mr. Macron will participate before both traveling to Glasgow for the COP26 climate summit.
The Glasgow summit increasingly looks like a failure, with India ruling out adopting net zero emissions by 2050, China saying it will not increase its ambitions and US President Joe Biden unable to gain congressional support for its climate action.
Sources said Mr Macron did not raise his climate grievances during the phone call. One official said to present it as “fiction” as well.
Mr Morrison told him about Australia’s commitment to net zero emissions by 2050 and Australia’s plans to achieve this by developing the technology.
Mr Morrison was due to land in Rome on Friday evening AEST and there were no plans for the men to meet, formally or informally, at the G20.
Mr Morrison is planning bilateral meetings with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Korean President Moon Jae-in, Spanish President Pedro Sanchez and WTO Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
As one of the world’s largest coal exporters, Australia expects a bit of G20 heat on the release of coal.
A leaked draft statement obtained by the Reuters news agency includes a pledge to “eliminate and rationalize” fossil fuel subsidies by 2025 and cut coal-fired power generation.
The leaders said they would “do everything possible” to avoid relentlessly building new coal-fired power plants, adding the phrase “taking into account national circumstances”, which is commonly used to avoid firm commitments.
He talks about ending public funding for overseas coal-fired power plants by the end of this year and aiming for a “largely carbon-free” power system in the 2030s.
“Responding to the call of the scientific community, taking note of the alarming reports of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and aware of our leadership role, we are committed to meeting the existential challenge of climate change », Indicates the project.
Mr Morrison will also take the opportunity to advocate for equitable global access to COVID-19 vaccines and rekindle his push at the 2019 G20 in Japan for a synchronized global crackdown on social media companies posting vile, hateful and defamatory content.
Digital service providers need to take responsibility for what happens on their platforms, where they generate huge profits, he will argue.