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Off the News: Getting a deal on submarines

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Imagine the ongoing French submarine kerfuffle as a Hollywood con movie.

French President Emmanuel Macron (the mark) meets with the heads of state of the U.S., Britain and Australia, who look him in the eye and don’t tell him they are cutting him out of a deal to make subs to send Down Under. Then, surprise! — he’s lost $60 billion.

Unlike in Hollywood, though, the con artists can’t just walk away. In the real world, France is mightily incensed, and it is a global imperative that these nations make amends.

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