The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, criticized the favorite in the race for the next prime minister of the United Kingdom, Liz Truss, for having said at a Conservative Party event that she had not yet decided whether the French president is “friend or enemy” of the British.
On thursday (25), Truss was asked by the presenter of the event in Norwich: “President Macron, friend or foe?”. The candidate, currently Foreign Minister under Boris Johnson, replied “the jury’s still out”, an expression in English that means that a position has not yet been taken on an issue. She also said she would judge Macron by “deeds, not words.”
In On an official visit to Algeria, Macron said that if he were asked the same question about Truss, “he would not hesitate for a second”. “France is a friend of the British people”, he said.
He said that if France and the UK “can’t tell whether they’re friends or foes – and that’s not a neutral term – then we’re about to run into serious trouble.”
Macron further stated that the British remain “a friendly nation” and a strong ally of France “regardless of their leaders, and at times despite their leaders and any small mistakes they may make in a speech on a platform.”
Conservative Party members are voting this month to choose between ex-Economy Minister Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss to replace Boris Johnson in the leadership of the party and, consequently, in the post of British premier. The Minister of Foreign Affairs has led the polls. The result will be announced on September 5.