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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron have decided to “restore cooperation between France and the United Kingdom” after the diplomatic crisis of the submarines, the Elysee reported on Friday, the result of an interview between the two leaders. . Earlier today, Boris Johnson had proposed to Emmanuel Macron “to restore cooperation” between his two countries.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed on Friday, September 24, during a telephone interview to “continue to work closely together” despite strong tensions caused by the diplomatic crisis of the sub-nationals.
“They reaffirmed the importance of the relationship between the UK and France,” he said in a statement from Downing Street, also recalling “the strategic importance of (their) long-standing cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region and in Africa.”
Earlier Friday, Boris Johnson had proposed to Emmanuel Macron “to restore cooperation between France and the United Kingdom,” the Elysee reported after a meeting between the two leaders.
During this telephone exchange which took place in the morning “at the request” of London, Boris Johnson “expressed his intention to reestablish cooperation between France and the United Kingdom, in accordance with our values and interests. Common (climate, Indo-Pacific, fight against terrorism, etc.) “, according to a brief press release from the presidency.” The president told him that he was waiting for his proposals, “he continues.
Return of the French ambassador to the United States
This meeting took place two days after an exchange between Emmanuel Macron and Joe Biden that reduced the tension between Paris and Washington linked to the announcement, on September 15, of a strategic alliance between the United States, Australia and the United States. Kingdom, which resulted in the cancellation of a mega-contract for French submarines in Canberra.
Emmanuel Macron decided that the ambassadeur français aux États-Unis, Philippe Etienne, allait retourner in Washington la semaine prochaine, even if it was a decision n’a été encore annoncée sur le retour de l’ambassadeur français en Australie, lui aussi rappelé in Paris.
On the other hand, the removal of the French ambassador in London had been considered unnecessary because, according to the head of diplomacy Jean-Yves Le Drian, “Great Britain in this matter, is still a bit the fifth wheel of the coach.” . “We know the permanent opportunism” of the British, added the French minister on September 19.
In a sign of its discontent, Paris had also canceled a meeting scheduled for this week between the Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, and her British counterpart, Ben Wallace.
Boris Johnson on Wednesday asked France to recover by asking, in French: “Give me a break” (“Give me a break”, “Let me breathe”). He assured that the AUKUS security pact entered into between the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom in the Indo-Pacific area “was not exclusive” and was not intended to “exclude anyone.”
Ces derniers mois, les bilatérales relations ont également fortement souffert des tensions sur les dossiers de la mise en work du Brexit, notamment dans la pêche, et du contrôle, I played insufficient for London, des migrants tentant de rejoindre l’Angleterre depuis les côtes North of France.
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