Prime Minister Scott Morrison has spoken to French President Emmanuel Macron for the first time since the $90-billion submarine deal fell through.
Broadcaster Luke Grant says the upcoming French election has affected how Mr Macron is acting as there are currently tensions with not only Australia, but the United Kingdom as well.
“There’s an election in France early next year, it’s on, I think, in April, so they’re having a blue with us, they’re having a blue with the Poms about fishing boats, this is Macron the nationalist,” he told Sky News host Chris Smith.
“He won’t be treated like a half-eaten croissant, all of that gear and we’re caught up with this.”
Mr Grant said Mr Macron is “playing for the home game” in France as the G20 summit in Rome brings the Australian and French leaders face-to-face.
“They’ve had a chat, that’s lovely, I don’t know if they were best mates going into this, hopefully they’ll get to share some smelly cheese over there and everything will be good again,” he said.