Macron's desire to punish Britain risks more migrant lives
Daily Express|November 27, 2021
IMAGINE if British police officers were in the habit of idly standing around watching migrants scrambling down English beaches and putting to sea in flimsy and overladen inflatable boats bound for France.
Patrick O'Flynn

Imagine one of those boats capsized and more than two dozen people drowned in British waters. Then, when France approached us seeking a joint response to the chaos, Boris Johnson threw a tantrum and banned a French minister from attending talks convened to seek a solution.

In such circumstances you can be sure there would be an outcry across the UK media and politics at such behaviour. British public opinion would be similarly appalled and the PM would be in deep trouble.

Yet all those things have been done by France and its President Emmanuel Macron in recent days, culminating with the ludicrous withdrawal of an invitation for Home Secretary Priti Patel to attend a weekend summit to discuss the crisis.

Instead of acknowledging his regime’s failure to prevent mass death within its territorial waters and working with its major maritime neighbour to put things right, Macron has decided to indulge in another round of theatrical confrontation with “Les Rosbifs”, presumably with at least one eye on a looming re-election battle.

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