French diplomats say Boris Johnson 'is populist who won't keep his word if it ...

French diplomats say Boris Johnson 'is populist who won't keep his word if it ...
French diplomats say Boris Johnson 'is populist who won't keep his word if it ...

Boris Johnson's short-term foreign policy goals have made it impossible to make agreements with him, senior French sources have claimed.

Politicians in Paris believe the prime minister is a populist who wants to use France as a scapegoat to keep pushing his Brexit agenda and he has no interest in solving issues in the cross-Channel relationship.

One diplomat told The Guardian the situation is perilous and Britain appears to be waiting until after the French election in April to improve the damaged relationship.

A French source said: 'The instability is that some have concluded that Johnson and Lord Frost [the Brexit minister] do not want agreements on the Northern Ireland protocol, or anything much, but will continue ramping up demands until they are impossible.' 

The French claims mirror accusations in Britain that Macron's view of London is clouded by internal politics.

Boris Johnson's short-term foreign policy goals have made it impossible to make agreements with him, senior French sources have claimed

Boris Johnson's short-term foreign policy goals have made it impossible to make agreements with him, senior French sources have claimed

The president is expected to appoint Europe minister Clément Beaune as a key figure in his election campaign team. 

Beaune has frequently taken swipes at the UK, saying the country is obsessed with France and threatened to reduce energy supplies if London does not back down over Channel Islands fishing rights.

Paris was infuriated when Jersey only granted licences to 12 small French boats out of 47 applications this summer - with warnings that vessels could mount a blockade. 

France is also among a number of countries seeking trade reprisals if Northern Ireland protocol talks stall, while the migrant crisis remains another sticking point between the two nations.

The UK promised in June to pay £54million to help cover the cost of policing migrants attempting to cross the Channel but last weekend, France claimed that 'not one euro has been paid'. 

Politicians in Paris believe the prime minister wants to use France as a scapegoat to keep pushing his Brexit agenda

Politicians in Paris

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