French foreign minister plays down cross-Channel spat

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Alain Juppé tries calming tensions between London and Paris by insisting there was no French strategy to antagonise the British over economy jibes.

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The French foreign minister, Alain Juppé, has moved to calm tensions between London and Paris by insisting there was no deliberate French strategy to antagonise the British during last week's cross-Channel slanging match over whose economy was in the worst mess, reports The Guardian.