BORIS Johnson last night told Emmanuel Macron to chill out after the French lost billions in the Aussie subs row.
A defiant PM said Britain’s relationship with France is “ineradicable” despite the raging French branding him a “lap dog” to America.
Boris Johnson was labelled a ‘lap dog’ to the US by fuming French ministers after a new deal was struck between the UK, US and Australia[/caption]
BoJo moved to soothe the explosive diplomatic spat after Paris was left massively out of pocket by a new defence pact forged between the UK, US and Australia – dubbed AUKUS.
France had been due to sell the Aussies £47 billion worth of diesel powered subs – but the Australian government dramatically ripped up the contract last week in favour of nuclear boats from Britain and America.
President Macron threw such a big hissy fit in response that he cut off diplomatic ties with Washington and Canberra, while his ministers went on the onslaught against Britain.
But despite their rage, the PM said: “I don’t think anyone needs to worry… particularly not our French friends.”
His comments came as Paris government figures queued up to slam the PM for “stabbing an ally in the back.”
French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian – who will have face to face talks with the UK in at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week – accused BoJo of “permanent opportunism”.
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Meanwhile gobby French Europe Minister Clement Beune whined: “Our British friends explained to us they were leaving the EU to create Global Britain. We can see that this is a return into the American lap and form of accepted vacillation.”
But quizzed on his way to the UN in New York, the PM laughed off the barrage of insults.
He told The Sun: “We are very, very proud of our relationship with France and it is of huge importance to this country.
“It is a very friendly relationship – and entente cordial – that goes back a century or more and it absolutely vital for us.
And he added: “Our love of France is ineradicable and what I would say is this AUKUS deal.. it is not meant to be exclusionary, it is not something I don’t think anyone needs to worry about and particularly not our French friends.”
But the PM could not resist teasing the French, citing their comic book legend Asterix as proof of the bond shared between the two nations.
He told reporters on board the RAF Voyager flying to the UN in New York: “I don’t know how many of you know this but there is a UK/France nuclear simulated testing programme we have: we test nuclear explosions together.
“Well we simulate the testing of nuclear explosions together I should add we don’t actually blow anything up!
“It’s called the Teutates T-E-U-T-A-T-E-S which I think is the Gaulish god of thunder, from my studies of Asterix. But I might be wrong about that – you might want to look that up?
“Anyway, so this is something that goes very, very deep; our love of France, our admiration of France is ineradicable.”