‘Macron the narcissist!’ French leader accused of attacking Britain to gain votes

Macron says he knows ‘very well’ about British sovereignty

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The europhile French President allegedly told Boris Johnson Northern Ireland was a different country in his latest broadside. His outburst at last week’s G7 summit in Cornwall reportedly left the Prime Minister furious – with him later publicly insisting that nothing would threaten the “integrity” of the UK.

The two European leaders were reportedly discussing how best to solve ongoing issues with the Northern Ireland Protocol – which has outraged the province’s Unionist community by creating a border in the Irish Sea.

In addition to appearing to do his best to punish the UK for Brexit, Mr Macron was accused of trying to make political capital out of the spat.

The globalist politician is in a hotly contested fight with far-right National Rally leader Marine Le Pen over who will win next year’s presidential election.

Express.co.uk readers reacting to the news claimed Mr Macron was using disagreements over the protocol to boost his standing with the French public.

And sensing his apparent ulterior motives, others thought it wouldn’t benefit the La République En Marche! leader at the polls.

One reader wrote: “The People of France will be giving Mini Macron a lesson in French Sovereignty next year.”

Another said: “Laughable and not a little sad that while Macron was busy disrespecting to the point of grievously insulting UK sovereignty with his claim implying NI isn’t part of the UK.

“His ‘subjects’ back in France were busy burning down the town protesting Macron’s policies.

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“Methinks the lad wants to pay more attention to his problems back home before trying to stir up problems abroad.”

And a third raged: “The Brits voted to leave the EU because amongst other things we object to the direction of travel.

“We never wished to damage and harm the EU project, but do not and never did believe in it.

“The early leaders knew this and arranged with (then prime minister Edward) Heath to hide the truth and both lied to us.

“The EU feared our leaving and has done everything to stop us and still try to punish us to prevent any other country leaving.

“That is why Macron and others wish to apply the most ridiculous impossible border constraints possible in Ireland, and to harm us all they can.

“The EU are failing in their agreement to attempt to resolve the difficulties which they demand are enforced and our only legal redress is to pull the plug using Clause 16.

“Give them notice of intent! Meanwhile, stop buying from the bully children who can not be trusted. The world is laughing at them. The noseless leaders.”

Since the scandal erupted, Mr Macron has tried to quell the outrage over his alleged comments.

At the summit’s closing Mr Macron strongly denied that he had ever questioned British sovereignty.

Instead he insisted the UK must honour the commitments which Mr Johnson signed up to in the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.

The French President bitterly pointed out EU leaders had spent “thousands of hours” debating the Brexit deal before it was signed by Mr Johnson – reproaching that no other member state had required the bloc to understand the concept of sovereignty as much as the UK.

He said: “France has never for a single moment disputed UK sovereignty or its territorial integrity or the respect for it.

“Brexit is the child of this very UK sovereignty. And it took up thousands of hours of EU leaders’ time.

“We Europeans know all about UK sovereignty, no other European country has made the others spend so much time on its sovereignty.

“We respect it. Because of Brexit we put rules in place over a period of several years, a protocol and a future trade deal.

“All we want is for it to be respected. Seriously, calmly, professionally, that’s all.

“It’s as simple as that.”

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