The collaborators of the French president qualified the Prime Minister of “opportunist” to have signed a pact on the nuclear submarines with the United States and Australia.
And a senior French minister sneered at the UK as a “junior partner” in the alliance.
French Foreign Minister Le Drian added that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was the “fifth wheel of the cart” anyway.
President Macron has recalled his American and Australian ambassadors to protest against the historic Aukus pact, which will see Australia build nuclear-powered submarines for the first time to counter China’s growing military might.
France is furious at losing a multibillion pound deal with Australia to build 12 diesel submarines.
French Minister for Europe, Clément Beaune, accused Britain of having acted “opportunistically” to prove its place in the post-Brexit world.
But as France raged, Mr Johnson prepared for a trip to the White House to launch a four-day charm offensive with US President Joe Biden.
Afghanistan and the climate are high on the agenda and the Prime Minister will deliver a speech at the UN.
He said last night: “My message to those I meet this week will be clear. Future generations will judge us based on what we accomplish in the months to come. “
New Foreign Minister Liz Truss defended the deal, saying “we are ready to show determination to defend our interests and challenge unfair practices and malicious acts”.
Writing in the Telegraph, she said: “Freedoms must be defended, so we are also building strong security bonds around the world.
“That is why last week the Prime Minister, along with our friends President Biden and Prime Minister Morrison, announced the creation of a new security partnership called Aukus.
“It shows our commitment to security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
“The Prime Minister underlined the vital strategic importance of this region when he presented his vision for a global Britain… earlier this year”.
She added that Britain is positioning itself “at the heart of a web of economic, diplomatic and security partnerships” and pledged that the weekend will be “the start of an autumn where Global Britain plants its flag on the stage. world ”.
Ms Truss believes the UK “is joining with like-minded countries to build coalitions based on shared values and interests” and that the deal could “create hundreds of new and highly skilled jobs, Govan shipyards to Tyneside factories. . “
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