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'Get A Grip': Johnson Dismisses France Anger Over AUKUS Submarine Deal

The PM used Franglais as he urged UK allies to calm down over the issue, saying the pact is "a great step forward for global security".

File photo of Boris Johnson (Picture: Number 10/Flickr).

Boris Johnson has dismissed French anger over the Australian-UK-US submarine deal, insisting Emmanuel Macron should "get a grip".

The Prime Minister used Franglais as he urged "some of our dearest friends" to calm down over the issue.

The pact, abbreviated to AUKUS, saw Sydney decide to pursue the development of nuclear-powered submarines at the expense of a deal with France to provide diesel-electric boats.

The diplomatic fallout has seen France recall its ambassadors from Australia and the US and postpone high-level meetings.

Speaking to reporters in Washington, the Prime Minister said: "I just think it’s time for some of our dearest friends around the world to prenez un grip (get a grip) about this and donnez-moi un break (give me a break).

"Because this is fundamentally a great step forward for global security. It’s three very like-minded allies standing shoulder-to-shoulder, creating a new partnership for the sharing of technology.

"It's not exclusive. It's not trying to shoulder anybody out. It's not adversarial towards China, for instance."

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