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Macron says Australia submarine deal was not about confronting China


French President Emmanuel Macron, right, walks after an emergency meeting at Nusa Dua in Bali, Indonesia on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. Firdia Lisnawati/Pool via REUTERS

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that an agreement to build submarines for Australia, which has since been scrapped, was not about confrontation with China.

Macron was speaking at the Asia Pacific Economic Coordination (APEC) forum in Bangkok.