Boris Johnson has spoken of his “undoubted” love and admiration for France as he attempted to mend fences following the furious reaction of Paris to the announcement of a new defense partnership between the UK, US and Australia.
The prime minister’s olive branch in France came after a senior minister in Emmanuel Macron’s administration called the UK a “vassal” state of Washington.
The announcement of the AUKUS nuclear submarine partnership sparked fury in France as it scrapped a 56bn euro deal to buy 12 French diesel-electric subs for Australia.
Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian denounced the agreement – declared almost without notice – as a “stab in the back”.
And in an extraordinary move among such close allies, President Macron withdrew ambassadors from Washington and Canberra in retaliation.
But in a blow to Britain’s pride, French Europe Minister Clement Beaune said the same was not done to Britain as Paris saw it as a junior partner in the new alliance.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /