France’s Ambassador to Australia Jean-Pierre Thebault will return to Canberra just shy of a month after being sensationally recalled in the wake of the axed submarine deal.

Tensions between the allies reached breaking point last month after the federal government scrapped its $90 billion deal with Naval Group in favour of nuclear submarines as part of the AUKUS alliance.

However, Mr Thebault will now return to his role with the goal of redefining the relationship with the Commonwealth.

“I have now asked our ambassador to return to Canberra with two missions, to help redefine the terms of our relationship with Australia in the future, and to defend our interests in the concrete implementation of the Australian decision to end the program for future submarines,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.

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