Australia and France insist on secrecy of new sub design

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  • French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, right, and Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne listen to national anthems on the Australian Navy ship HMAS Adelaide in Sydney, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. The Australian and French defense ministers say they are giving top priority to concealing design details of a new Australian submarine after data was leaked from French shipbuilder DCNS about a submarine built for India. (Jason Reed/Pool Photo via AP)

    French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, right, and Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne listen to national anthems on the Australian Navy ship HMAS Adelaide in Sydney, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. The Australian and French defense ministers say ... they are giving top priority to concealing design details of a new Australian submarine after data was leaked from French shipbuilder DCNS about a submarine built for India. (Jason Reed/Pool Photo via AP) (The Associated Press)

  • An Australian Army helicopter flies French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, right, over Sydney Harbour before his bilateral meeting with Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne on the Australian Navy ship HMAS Adelaide in Sydney, Monday, Dec.19, 2016. The Australian and French defense ministers say they are giving top priority to concealing design details of a new Australian submarine after data was leaked from French shipbuilder DCNS about a submarine built for India. (Jason Reed/Pool Photo via AP)

    An Australian Army helicopter flies French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, right, over Sydney Harbour before his bilateral meeting with Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne on the Australian Navy ship HMAS Adelaide in Sydney, Monday, Dec.19, ... 2016. The Australian and French defense ministers say they are giving top priority to concealing design details of a new Australian submarine after data was leaked from French shipbuilder DCNS about a submarine built for India. (Jason Reed/Pool Photo via AP) (The Associated Press)

The Australian and French defense ministers say they are giving top priority to concealing design details of a new Australian submarine after data was leaked from French shipbuilder DCNS about a submarine built for India.

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French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Monday that the mutual concerns of France and Australia to avoid a repeat of such a leak were addressed in an agreement on protecting classified information signed in Paris last week.

Australia announced in April that DCNS, a French state majority-owned company, had been chosen to design 12 diesel-electric submarines at a cost of at least 56 billion Australian dollars ($41 billion).

Fears were raised in August that India's Scorpene subs could be compromised by the leak of sensitive data from DCNS.