Australia submarine deal, Europe after Merkel, Marks & Spencer closures, Christo's Arc de Triomphe

A "stab in the back", a "breach of trust". France's foreign minister is fuming after Australia's surprise dumping of a deal for 12 French diesel-power battle-ready submarines in favour of a new three-way defence partnership with the US and the UK, along with Washington providing the technology for eight nuclear-powered subs. The Pacific is becoming a more volatile place.

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