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Anthony Albanese hopes to re-build Australia’s relationship with France to “what it should be”.

The prime minister will be a guest at the Élysée Palace to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron.

It will be the first time the two leaders have had talks at this level since the axed submarine deal between Australia and France under the Morrison government.

Anthony Albanese hopes to re-build Australia's relationship with France to "what it should be".
Anthony Albanese hopes to re-build Australia’s relationship with France to “what it should be”. (Twitter)

Albanese and Macron spoke privately in Madrid this week on the sidelines of the special NATO summit.

Ahead of the meeting in France, Albanese would not be drawn over whether he would apologise for breaking the submarine deal, instead stating it is all about the future.

The prime minister announced an $830 million compensation settlement with the Naval Group in June, in a bid to reset relations.

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

“Look forward in a way that builds the relationship to what it should be.

“It should be a relationship in which we can rely upon each other as we have for a long period of time and in which we can trust each other.”

The nation’s relationship with France is a key one.

France is the current president of the European Union, which means Australia needs the country’s support in order to secure a free trade deal with the EU by early next year.

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