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Emmanuel Macron, “friend or foe”? The favorite in the race for the post of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Liz Truss, refused to comment on Thursday, saying that she would judge the French president “by his actions”. A statement to which the French president, on a visit to Algiers, replied that “the United Kingdom [était] a friendly, strong and allied nation, regardless of its leaders”.
“Friend or enemy” ? That is the question. “The United Kingdom is a friendly, strong and allied nation, regardless of its leaders”, said Emmanuel Macron, Friday August 26, after the favorite for the post of British Prime Minister, Liz Truss, refused to say if the French president was “friend or foe” of his country.
“The British people, the nation that is the United Kingdom is a friendly, strong and allied nation, whatever their leaders are, and sometimes despite and beyond their leaders or the little mistakes they may make in proposals stage”, declared the French head of state on the sidelines of an official visit to Algeria.
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“If we are not able, between French and British, to say whether we are friend or enemy – the term is not neutral – we are going towards serious problems”, revealed Emmanuel Macron, during a conference of press, after a visit to the Saint-Eugène cemetery, in the suburbs of Algiers.
“It’s never good to lose your bearings too much in life. If I was asked the question (…), whoever is considered the coming leadership in Britain, I don’t wonder not for a single second. The United Kingdom is a friend of France,” he insisted.
Emmanuel Macron, “friend or foe”? Liz Truss, refused Thursday, during an electoral meeting of the conservative party in Norwich (south-east of the United Kingdom), to decide, affirming that she would judge the French president “on his actions”.
Many litigation files
The one who is still head of diplomacy in her country, in a government managing current affairs, aspires to succeed at 10 Downing Street to Boris Johnson, who resigned in July.
When the journalist hosting the evening asked “Macron, friend or enemy?”, Liz Truss replied “the jury is still deliberating”, making the room laugh.
“If I become Prime Minister, I will judge him on his actions and not on his words,” she added.
Numerous litigation files existing between France and the United Kingdom, in particular the management of post-Brexit files, whether it be fisheries or Northern Ireland.
The two countries, NATO allies, also had different approaches to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with Boris Johnson taking a very hard line against Vladimir Putin while the French president defended the need to keep open dialogue with the master of the Kremlin.
Asked about this start of the controversy on Friday, Boris Johnson assured “having always had very good relations with Emmanuel Macron”. The French president, he added in French, “is a very good friend of our country”.
Relations with France “are extremely important. They have been very good for a very long time, since the time of Napoleon in fact, and I think we should be happy about that”, added the outgoing Prime Minister during a meeting. field trip to Surrey (south-west London).
“And as far as Emmanuel is concerned, I had a very good relationship with him, and I can tell you one thing, he is a very big admirer of our country,” he concluded.