President Emmanuel Macron on Friday referred to as Britain an ally whoever is in cost after the favorite to take over from Boris Johnson refused to say if the French chief was a "friend or foe".
Overseas Secretary Liz Truss was requested the query at a marketing campaign occasion within the Conservative social gathering management race late Thursday.
"If I become prime minister, I would judge him on deeds not words. The jury's out," she mentioned to applause from Tory grassroots members.
On a go to to Algeria, Macron performed down the feedback.
"The British people, the United Kingdom, is a friendly, strong and allied nation, regardless of its leaders, and sometimes in spite of its leaders or the little mistakes they may make in grandstanding," he informed reporters.
Britain and France are notably allies on the coronary heart of the North Atlantic Treaty Group political and army alliance and UN Safety Council members.
However they’ve clashed on a variety of points in recent times, notably after Britain's divisive departure from the European Union.
The 2 nations even have contrasting approaches to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Throughout a press convention after visiting a cemetery in Algiers, Macron responded: "If we are not capable, between France and Britain, of saying whether we are a friend or enemy — the term is not neutral — we are heading towards serious problems."
He mentioned "it's never good to lose your bearings in life" and added that if he had been requested the query, he wouldn't hesitate "for a second".
"The United Kingdom is a friend of France," Macron mentioned.
Outgoing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose father just lately gained French citizenship, switched to French to precise heat help for Macron.
"I think I've always had very good relations with Emmanuel Macron. Emmanuel Macron est un très bon buddy de notre pays (very good buddy of our country)," Johnson informed broadcasters whereas visiting an orthopaedic clinic in southern England.
Johnson added: "I think the relations between the UK and France are of huge importance. They have been very good for a long time, ever since the Napoleonic era basically, and I think we should celebrate that."
The Napoleonic wars resulted in 1815 with defeat at Waterloo towards allied troops commanded by the Duke of Wellington.