• In this March 23, 2016, file photo, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks at a press conference in Sydney. Australia announced Tuesday, April 26, 2016, that French company DCNS had beat bidders from Japan and Germany to build the next generation of submarines in Australia's largest-ever defense contract. Turnbull said the French-designed submarines would be built in the Australian manufacturing hub of Adelaide. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

    Australia says French company wins huge submarine contract

    PARIS (AP) — Australia’s largest-ever defense contract has gone to a French shipbuilder to produce a new generation of submarines, thrilling officials in Paris and inaugurating half a century of close defense cooperation between the nations.