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Officials have been working for months to rearrange a high-level meeting between the 2 leaders however Paris is known to have resisted the transfer. One senior supply stated: “The Government has reached out to try to arrange a summit but the French aren’t interested.

“They’ve simply said there’s no point.”

The breakdown in communication comes amid strained ties between the UK and France within the wake of Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic.



Tensions have boiled over in latest months over a variety of points together with fishing rights, coronavirus vaccines and journey restrictions.

The subsequent presidential elections in France happen in lower than 12 months and lots of Britons declare Mr Macron is looking for to spice up his recognition – however some argue it could backfire.

Various Express.co.uk readers took purpose at Mr Macron and let their opinions identified within the feedback part of a earlier story.

One reader wrote: “The French are due to have their national elections in 10 months.

“Expect more grandstanding from Macron although if polls are to be believed, we won’t have to put up with him for much longer.”

A second added: “First it’s not the French causing issues it’s Macron. Most French would prefer trade and jobs…. rather than having a tantrum every five mins.

“Who cares Macron is gone in a few months.”

A 3rd added: “Wait till next year, Macron will hopefully be out of a job by then.”

Meanwhile, a fourth added: “The French continue being a laughing stock.”

President Macron is ready to go head-to-head with National Rally chief Marine Le Pen within the election subsequent April.

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Leading opinions polls have the outdated rivals neck-and-neck within the first spherical of voting, with Mr Macron anticipated to win the run-off by round 12 factors – fewer than the 32-point margin he achieved in 2017.

The UK and France historically maintain a summit each two years to keep up harmonious Anglo-French ties.

However, the final formal gathering was held in January 2018.

The Prime Minister final met President Macron on the G7 summit in Cornwall in June and Downing Street reportedly briefed out particulars of an embarrassing dialog.

Mr Macron allegedly claimed Northern Ireland was a separate nation from the UK throughout discussions over the Brexit deal’s protocol to keep away from a tough border – one thing denied by Paris.

Britain lastly left the EU in January and French fishermen have since raged over entry to UK waters – with ministers in Paris even threatening to chop off electrical energy provide to Jersey.

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Most lately journey restrictions have triggered a recent diplomatic row after France was quickly positioned on a so-called “amber-plus” class, which meant absolutely vaccinated folks should quarantine, one thing that has since been scrapped.

A senior Government supply stated: “Both sides would acknowledge that the bilateral relationship is frayed and isn’t where we want it to be.

“There is a bit of a view that elements of the French system are basically crossing the street to pick a fight every day.

“Some of that is coming from the European Commission but we see it is being driven by French voices in the EU.

“We all want that barnacle off the boat. There is a huge desire on our side to be helpful.”


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