‘Get a hold of yourself and give me a rest!’ As he loses patience with Macron, the Prime Minister rages in French.
BORIS Johnson has gotten into a tiff with Emmanuel Macron over France’s response to the AUKUS treaty between the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
Boris Johnson burst into polished franglais during a question-and-answer session with the press in Washington, after losing his cool with Emmanuel Macron over the French President’s reaction to the new UK-US-Australia alliance. “Switching into perfect franglais, the Prime Minister added, ‘Prenez un grip and donnez-moi un break,’” Sky News’ Sam Coates said.
“To put it another way, get a grip and give me a break,” the Deputy Political Editor added.
“I just think it’s time for some of our dearest friends across the world to get a grip on this and give me a break,” the Prime Minister told reporters in Washington.
“Because this is a huge step forward in terms of global security.
“It’s three like-minded comrades standing shoulder to shoulder, forging a new technology-sharing alliance.
“It’s not exclusive, and it’s not trying to push anyone aside. It isn’t hostile toward China, for example.”
Paris has expressed its displeasure at being excluded from the new anti-China alliance.
The Australian government’s decision to forego a submarine supply arrangement with France in favor of a joint British-American pact has sparked a verbal spat with France.
When asked about the outcries from France on BBC Politics Live on Tuesday, Conservative MP Tom Hunt characterized them as “childish.”
Since the announcement of AUKUS, Mr Hunt told BBC Politics Live that French politicians have been acting in a “childish” manner.
“I believe a number of French politicians have acted in an extraordinarily infantile manner in reference to this specific partnership,” he remarked.
“I believe it has to do with the South China Sea, and we have built a very tight alliance with two of our o…arguably closest allies.
He went on to say, “That is to be welcomed.”
The remarks follow former French ambassador Gérard Araud’s assertion that the UK plays a “subordinate” role in the AUKUS alliance.
During an angry outburst on LBC, Mr Araud said that Britain is the “fifth wheel of the carriage” between the US and Australia.
He told LBC: “In terms of nuclear technology, particularly military nuclear technology, the United Kingdom is substantially reliant on the United States, so the United Kingdom has.”Brinkwire Summary News”.