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Get a grip, PM Johnson tells France after submarine row

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Get a grip, PM Johnson tells France after submarine row
Get a grip, PM Johnson tells France after submarine row   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">LONDON</span> – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told France on Wednesday to get a grip and give allies in the United States and Australia a break over a row about a trilateral nuclear submarine deal that tore up a separate French contract.</p> <p>The new defence partnership between Britain, the United States and Australia was announced last week and will give Australia access to nuclear powered submarine technology.</p> <p>France accused U.S. President Joe Biden of stabbing it in the back and acting like his predecessor Donald Trump after Paris was pushed aside from a historic defence export contract to supply Australia with submarines.</p> <p>Paris recalled ambassadors from the United States and Australia.</p> <p>Speaking a day after he met Biden in Washington, Johnson told reporters: “I just think it’s time for some of our dearest friends around the world to ‘prenez un grip’ about all this, ‘donnez-moi un break’, because this is fundamentally a great step forward for global security.” He was translating the English phrases ‘get a grip’ and ‘give me a break’ literally into French.</p> <p>“It is not trying to shoulder anybody out, it is not adversarial towards China, for instance, it is there to intensify links and friendship between three countries,” he said.</p> <p/> </div>