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French President Emmanuel Macron has welcomed Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to the presidential palace in Paris.

Albanese and his partner Jodie Haydon were welcomed to the Elysee Palace by Macron and his wife Brigitte on Saturday (Friday night AEST).

The Australian prime minister is on a mission to re-build Australia’s relationship with France to “what it should be”

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is greeted by President of France Emmanuel Macron at Elysee Palace in Paris, France, on Friday 1 July 2022. fedpol Photo: Alex Ellinghausen (The Sydney Morning Herald)

It’s 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.

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.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is greeted by President of France Emmanuel Macron at Elysee Palace in Paris, France, on Friday 1 July 2022. fedpol Photo: Alex Ellinghausen (The Sydney Morning Herald)
Emmanuel Macron’s wife Brigitte and Anthony Albanese’s partner Jodie Haydon share a humorous moment as the Australian duo are welcomed at Elysee Palace in Paris, France. (Alex Ellinghausen)
Anthony Albanese and Emmanuel Macron shake hands as they arrive at the Elysee Palace in Paris. (Alex Ellinghausen)

“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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