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Patel Snubbed by France as Macron Says Johnson Not Serious

  • France rejects U.K. demand to return people crossing Channel
  • Protests staged at French ports in Brexit fishing dispute
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France canceled talks with Boris Johnson’s government on how to stop people trying to reach the U.K. in small boats and Emmanuel Macron slammed the British premier for not being “serious,” in a dramatic deterioration of a relationship severely strained by Brexit.

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin scrapped planned discussions on Sunday with his U.K. counterpart Priti Patel. He will instead focus on talks with European Union ministers, Macron told reporters during a visit to Rome. The French president also criticized Johnson for posting on Twitter a letter he wrote demanding France takes the migrants back.