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Macron will NOT let UK off the hook over new security pact with Australia as French diplomats blast ‘opportunistic’ move

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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.

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President Macron won’t let the UK off the hook over its new deal with the US and Australia[/caption]

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Boris Johnson, Joe Biden and Scott Morrison have made a security pact[/caption]

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

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It will be another headache for Joe Biden as pressure mounts on the embattled president[/caption]

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