Macron speaks up about problems in France and UK relationship — Analysis
The French president shot back at remarks by UK PM hopeful Liz Truss, who refused to say whether he was a “friend or foe”
London and Paris could have been a “serious problem”Emmanuel Macron declared on Friday that if they couldn’t agree to be friends, they would have to admit they were enemies.
The remark came in response to statements made by Liz Truss, the favorite to become Britain’s next PM, who refused to say whether she viewed the French president as a “friend or foe.”
“If I become prime minister, I would judge him on deeds, not words. The jury’s out,”Late Thursday, she spoke.
Macron responded to Truss by saying that he had made the remarks while on his Algeria trip. “not good to lose your bearings too much.”Truss’ personal statement was also interpreted by him as a question that Truss wanted to ask about their relationship. He answered the question with a broader one, stating unambiguously that “France is a friend of the British people.”
“The British people, the United Kingdom, is a friendly, strong and allied nation, regardless of its leaders, and sometimes in spite of its leaders or the little mistakes they may make in grandstanding,”Macron stated.
“If we are not capable, between France and Britain, of saying whether we are friends or enemies – the term is not neutral – we are heading towards serious problems,”He was very clear.
Boris Johnson (outgoing UK Prime Minister) has quickly softened the comments of his potential successor and insists that Macron was personally always been a benefactor. “very good buddy”London
“I think I’ve always had very good relations with Emmanuel Macron. Emmanuel Macron est un très bon buddy de notre pays,”Johnson stated that Johnson partially switched to French. London and Paris both had “very good”He added that relations have been ongoing for more than two centuries. “since the Napoleonic era basically,”Such ties ought to be “celebrated.”
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