Macron throwing dummy out of pram – French leader mocked over clown jibe in Brexit row

Macron slammed by panelist for labelling Johnson a ‘clown’

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Out of the 7,155 Express.co.uk readers surveyed between December 2 and 6, a staggering 97 percent said the French President does not respect the UK after reports emerged that he had called Boris Johnson a “clown”. Sources told the weekly satirical French newspaper ‘Le Canard Enchaine’ that Mr Macron was incensed by a letter published by Mr Johnson on Twitter, which suggested ways to solve the migrant crisis, including immediately returning migrants to France when they reached British shores.

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Mr Macron reportedly ranted: “It is very sad to see a great country, with which we could do so much, led by a clown. Johnson has the attitude of a knucklehead.”

Social media went wild with Britons across the nation condemning the French President for his comments, which were reportedly made a day after 27 migrants drowned in the English Channel.

An Express.co.uk reader, going by ‘Old Rio’, said: “Macron is acting like a spoilt brat who is not getting his own way. Hoping to weaken Boris’s resolve to his advantage. NOT WORKING!”

A reader nicknamed ‘Travlinman’ added: “Does it matter whether Macron respects the UK or not? He’s a clown and is famous for throwing his dummy out of the pram every single time he doesn’t get his own way.

“Is there anyone who doesn’t believe the man’s a joke around the world!

“It’s time to concentrate on alternative ports outside of France and sever British-French links.”

Another reader, Foxxx, said: “Boris the Bulldog could have Macron the Mouse for breakfast anytime.”

Speaking to Sky News, Business Minister George Freeman said Mr Macron’s comments were “unhelpful”.

He added: “I think we are into pantomime season, aren’t we? And there is a French election coming.

“It is a pretty unhelpful word. Of course, the Prime Minister isn’t a clown, he is the elected Prime Minister of this country with a very big mandate.”

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Tensions between France and the UK have been on delicate ground for years, as Mr Macron is an outspoken critic of Brexit.

The fishing row over licenses is also ongoing, while the Northern Ireland Protocol is still being debated, and life-threatening migrant crossings from France have risen exponentially.

When asked whether Mr Johnson and Mr Macron can salvage their relationship, 80 percent of Express.co.uk voters said they will not be able to, five percent said they can, and 15 percent were not sure.

One voter, ‘Zinnkie’, said: “The question isn’t, can we salvage our relationship with France. The real question is, do we want to?”

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