Boris Johnson

UK minister minimises row with France over Channel crossings

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British junior minister Damian Hinds, whose responsibilities include border control, has said cooperation with France on the subject of clandestine migrant crossings of the Channel "is strong", downplaying the angry response of President Emmanuel Macron to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Twitter post of new proposals for tackling the crisis, which was heightened last week by the deaths of at least 27 people in seas off Calais. 

Macron-Johnson relations dive in open spat over migrant policies

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French President Emmanuel Macron described as 'not serious' UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's choice of using Twitter to set out policy propositions to France over clandestine crossings of the Channel, while an invitation for Home Secretary Priti Patel to attend a meeting in Calais on the issue has been withdrawn.

Macron, Johnson give conflicting accounts of fishing row meeting

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French President Emmanuel Macron's staff said that his meeting on Sunday with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the row about post-Brexit fishing permits for French fishermen ended with agreement for more talks, while Johnson's staff denied the claim and said Macron had been told it is for France 'to step away from the threats they have made in recent days'.

Aborted subs deal row: Johnson asks France to 'donnez-moi un break'

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After talks with US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaking in Washington about the row with France over the AUKUS pact and aborted French submarines sale, called on France to 'prenez un grip about this and donnez-moi un break'.

President Macron visits London for Resistance anniversary

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The French head of state is commemorating the 80th anniversary of wartime leader Charles de Gaulle's BBC broadcast to occupied France after the 1940 Nazi invasion.

Gaffe-prone Johnson puts his foot in it at meeting with Macron

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A photo showing UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson putting his foot up on a stool in front of President Emmanuel Macron at their meeting inside the Elysée Palace appeared garrulous and insulting, as widely commented on social media, but the photographer who captured the image has revealed that it was a comic gesture after the French president joked that he could use it to put his legs up.

Macron firm over backstop during Brexit talks with Johnson

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French President Emmanuel Macron, meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Paris on Thursday, said the so-called 'backstop' arrangement for the border on the island of Ireland was 'indispensable' to the UK leaving the EU with an agreed deal, but also added that a solution to the disputed issue was possible 'if there is a good will on both sides'.

Macron's move to lure Indian students prompts Johnson retort

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson took to Twitter to counter French President Emmanuel Macron's attempts to attract Indian students to France where, he said, 'you gain access to Europe' in a thinly veiled comparison to the situation of post-Brexit Britain.

Johnson's floated Channel bridge idea given thumbs-down

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UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson's proposition to build a road traffic bridge linking England and France, which he mooted at Thursday's summit meeting between the British and French governments, has been dismissed by industrial bodies and experts as impractical and unnecessary.

In Irma-hit Caribbean islands, a tale of two relief efforts

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Both France and Britain have been accused of mismanaging the crisis in the hurricane-devastated Caribbean islands they administer, but there was a clear difference between the style of the visits to the region by France's president and Britain's foreign secretary. 

Uproar over UK foreign minister's WWII jibe over Brexit deal talks

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Following French President François Hollande's warning that the UK must be given reduced access to the EU single market after leaving the bloc, British foreign minister Boris Johnson accused Hollande of wanting 'to administer punishment beatings to anybody who chooses to escape, rather in the manner of some sort of World War II movie'.   

French FM says Boris Johnson is 'liar with back against the wall'

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Jean-Marc Ayrault's remarks on Thursday referred to the campaigning of pro-Brexit leader and who has now been named British foreign secretary.

How Brexit referendum turned into an elite-bashing show

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The surprise vote in Britain highlighted numerous fractures within British society, in particular between old and young voters. As Mediapart English's Michael Streeter reports, the referendum also persuaded many disgruntled and impoverished working class voters to vote for the first time in years – and punish the Establishment elites.

London and Paris the 'yin and yang' of Europe says mayor

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London mayor Boris Johnson made comment during visit to meet counterpart Anne Hidalgo, as she described 'healthy' rivalry between two cities.

Is London really 'France's sixth biggest city'?

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London mayor Boris Johnson claims the huge French population in his city gives it the title, but some figures say otherwise.