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Why France is apoplectic with rage at Australia's submarine betrayal

Act of duplicity shatters Paris' Anglo-American partnership in Asia

| Southeast Asia

Louis Raymond is a French journalist. He was previously attached to the French consulate-general in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

It is the end of the summer holidays in Cherbourg, a small coastal city in Western France, where an Australian couple wave tenderly to their young daughter heading out for her first day at the bilingual primary school Gibert-Zola.

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