May 23, 2022

Boris Johnson offers Emmanuel Macron to “restore cooperation”

This interview was held two days after an exchange between Emmanuel Macron and Joe Biden which reduced the tension between Paris and Washington.

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Boris Johnson proposed, Friday, September 24 to Emmanuel Macron, to “restore cooperation between France and the United Kingdom” after the diplomatic crisis of the submarines, reported the Elysee after a meeting between the two leaders. This maintenance was carried out “on demand” of the British Prime Minister.

During this telephone exchange which took place in the morning, Boris Johnson “expressed its intention to re-establish cooperation between France and the United Kingdom, in accordance with our values ​​and our common interests (climate, Indo-Pacific, fight against terrorism etc.)”, according to a brief press release from the presidency.

This interview was held two days after an exchange between Emmanuel Macron and Joe Biden. This interview made it possible to reduce the tension between Paris and Washington. Relations between the two countries had deteriorated after the announcement, on September 15, of a strategic partnership between the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom, which resulted in the cancellation of a mega-contract for French submarines in Canberra.

Emmanuel Macron has decided that the French ambassador to the United States, Philippe Etienne, will return to Washington next week. But no decision has yet been announced on the return of the French ambassador to Australia, also recalled to Paris.

Boris Johnson on Wednesday called on France to pull itself together by asking him, in Frenglish: “Give me a station wagon” (“let me breathe “). He assured that the Aukus security pact concluded between the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom in the Indo-Pacific zone was not “not exclusive” and not trying “not to exclude anyone”. In recent months, relations between France and the United Kingdom have also suffered greatly from tensions over Brexit implementation issues, particularly in fisheries.