By Deirdre Tynan • 22 September 2021 • 15:58
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told French President Emanual Macron ‘give me a break’ and ‘get a grip’ in French.
Johnson was speaking to reporters in Washington DC when he said Macron needed to “donnez-moi un break” over the new UK-US-Australian nuclear submarine alliance.
“Some of our dearest friends” should “prenez un grip,” he added.
The alliance, which elbowed France out of a lucrative deal with Canberra, has seen Paris withdraw its ambassadors from both the US and Australia.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will also face down French anger at a high-level UN Security meeting in New York later today.
Truss, who has been in the role for a week, will meet with her counterparts from the US, France, China and Russia as part of the UN Security Council’s five permanent members (P5).
Speaking ahead of the meetings, Foreign Secretary Truss said, “The P5 have clear shared interests in maintaining stability in volatile regions to prevent terrorism and keep our citizens safe.
“If we want to avoid Afghanistan becoming a haven for global terror then the international community – including Russia and China – needs to act as one in its engagement with the Taliban.
“I want our foreign policy to be practically-focused and geared towards strengthening our network of economic and diplomatic partnerships, underpinned by strong security ties. My visit to the UN is the start of an autumn where Global Britain leads the way on the world stage,” she added.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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