France continues to reject Britain

Extreme cold reported between France and the United Kingdom. It is at its peak in London, more than a week after the spectacular announcement of the Ocus coalition, if French anger has subsided, following President Emmanuel Macron’s phone call to US President Joe Biden on Wednesday, 22 September. . Paris initially treated with the greatest contempt the decision to participate in “opportunistic” The project to deliver nuclear-powered American submarines from London to Australia, to the detriment of a contract signed in 2016 with France.

Great Britain is “fifth wheel of a cart” In this case, even the head of French diplomacy, Jean-Yves Le Drian, was dropped. Ambassador Catherine Colonna in London was not recalled last Friday, unlike her counterparts in Washington and Canberra: a way of indicating that the UK was not taken seriously, or even the French Even the leaders were ignored. The latter also did not appreciate the latest comments from Boris Johnson, who suggested “For Your Best Friends” Frenchhandjob During his visit to the United States, “to make a break” in their counter-attack.

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British conservative media, daily Telegraph in the mind, who struggle to take its causes seriously “Fury” The French made their own honey from their tart in Franglais, about auks (“Hold on about it and give me a break”, In other words: “calm down and let me go”) A little worried about de-escalating tensions with Paris, Boris Johnson added to the provocation, telling himself “shocked” By the reminder of the French wrath and ambassadors.

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In contrast to the clarification efforts made with Washington, therefore, on the side of Paris, there is no question of taking a similar approach with the United Kingdom, which sees its participation for its “Global Britain” project as a victory for the Ocus Coalition. . If Jean-Yves Le Drian met his American counterpart Antony Blinken in New York on Thursday 23 September, in the wake of the Macron-Biden phone call, he would not have wanted to see his new British ally Liz Truss face-to-face, though the UN General Assembly other than requested. They shook hands during a meeting of the member countries of the Security Council on Wednesday. without a photographer.

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“Conditions not met”

“Conditions are not conducive for starting peaceful talks with the British”Angered by the London game, a diplomatic source said. Trying to get out of the crisis from above by restarting discussions about a possible defense and security agreement between the EU and London, the discussions so far denied by the Johnson government? “It’s not really the spirit of the moment”, Outlines a French source.

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