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.
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.”
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