French trade minister declines to meet with Australian counterpart


PARIS, Sept 24 (Reuters) – French Trade Minister Franck Riester has declined a proposal from his Australian counterpart to meet subsequent month in Paris, an official from Riester’s workplace stated on Friday.

Dan Tehan informed Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio on Monday he could be “very keen” to meet Riester when he’s in Paris in October for an Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development assembly. learn extra

“We won’t follow up the Australian minister’s request for a meeting. We can’t go on as if it was business as usual,” the French official stated.

Reporting by Leigh Thomas; Editing by Jon Boyle

Franck Riester, France's minister delegate for foreign trade and economic attractiveness, speaks at a joint news conference with the French finance minister and WTO's director-general at WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, April 1, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/Pool