French President reportedly called British PM Boris Johnson a 'clown' amid diplomatic spat

WION Web Team
NEW DELHI Published: Dec 02, 2021, 02:57 PM(IST)

British PM Boris Johnson with French president Emmanuel Macron. Photograph:( AFP )

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It happened after Macron chastised Johnson for his behaviour during a phone call between the two leaders following the drowning of a refugee boat in the English Channel last Wednesday.

French President Emmanuel Macron referred to Boris Johnson as a "clown" in a private chat, according to a French newspaper.

According to the political magazine Le Canard enchaîné, he said: "BoJo talks to me, full speed, everything's going well.

"We have grown-up conversations, but he strikes me before and after as having an inelegant way about him. It's always the same circus."

The president reportedly added: "It's sad to see such a great country, with which we could do so much, led by a clown."

It happened after Macron chastised Johnson for his behaviour during a phone call between the two leaders following the drowning of a refugee boat in the English Channel last Wednesday.

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According to a report by The Gaurdian, Macron said that "I spoke two days ago with prime minister Johnson in a serious way,". 

"For my part I continue to do that, as I do with all countries and all leaders. I am surprised by methods when they are not serious. We do not communicate from one leader to another on these issues by tweets and letters that we make public. "

(With inputs from agencies)

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