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Emmanuel Macron aides brand Boris Johnson ‘opportunist’ for signing security pact with US and Australia


EMMANUEL Macron was fuming with Boris Johnson yesterday as his diplomatic spat intensified.

The French president’s aides branded the PM an “opportunist” for signing a nuclear submarine pact with the US and Australia.

President Macron won't let the UK off the hook over its new deal with the US and Australia

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President Macron won’t let the UK off the hook over its new deal with the US and AustraliaCredit: AFP
Boris Johnson, Joe Biden and Scott Morrison have made a security pact

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Boris Johnson, Joe Biden and Scott Morrison have made a security pactCredit: Eyevine

And a senior French minister sneeringly branded the UK a “junior partner” in the alliance.

President Macron has recalled his US and Australian ambassadors in protest over the historic Aukus pact, which will see Australia build nuclear-powered subs for the first time to counter China’s rising military might.

France is furious over losing a multi-billion pound deal with Australia to build 12 diesel subs.

French Europe Minister Clement Beaune accused Britain of acting “opportunistically” to prove its place in the world post-Brexit.

But as France raged, Mr Johnson was preparing for a trip to the White House to launch a four-day charm offensive with US President Joe Biden.

Afghanistan and climate are high on the agenda, and the PM will make a speech at the UN.

He said last night: “My message to those I meet this week will be clear. Future generations will judge us based on what we achieve in coming months.”

Macron is furious after a multi-billion dollar deal with the Australians for subs was cancelled

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Macron is furious after a multi-billion dollar deal with the Australians for subs was cancelledCredit: Crown Copyright 2009
It will be another headache for Joe Biden as pressure mounts on the embattled president

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It will be another headache for Joe Biden as pressure mounts on the embattled presidentCredit: Getty
Boris Johnson outlines new ‘AUKUS’ submarine deal​ which will enable ​Australia acquire US nuclear-powered submarines

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