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France cancels talks with UK as migrant row tests fragile ties

Macron told Britain on Friday it needed to "get serious"

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French Fishermen Block Trucks
French fishermen block trucks at the Eurotunnel Freight Terminal to mark their anger over the issue of post-Brexit fishing licences, in Coquelles, near Calais, France

French President Emmanuel Macron told on Friday it needed to "get serious" or remain locked out of discussions over how to curb the flow of escaping war and poverty across the Channel.

Macron was responding to a letter by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in which the British leader set steps that he said would deter from making the perilous journey across the sea separating the two countries.

Johnson, who has previously said was at fault, insisted in the letter that agree on joint patrols on its shores and consent to taking back the that make it to Infuriated by the letter, and not the least by the fact that Johnson published it on Twitter, the French government cancelled an invitation to UK Home Minister Priti Patel to attend a meeting on Sunday in Calais.

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First Published: Sat, November 27 2021. 00:21 IST