France Says Ambassador To Return To Australia After Subs Row

France recalled its envoy to Australia on September 17.

France Says Ambassador To Return To Australia After Subs Row

Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian made the announcement in parliament.

Paris, France:

France said Wednesday that its ambassador to Australia would return to his post, ending a diplomatic protest over Canberra's decision to scrap a contract to buy French submarines.

France recalled its envoy to Australia on September 17, but Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told parliament he had "now asked our ambassador to return to Canberra with two objectives: helping to define our relationship with Australia in the future ... and firmly defend our interests in the implementation of Australia's decision to terminate the submarine programme."