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UK-French rivalry puts the west at risk

By Gideon Rachman

01 Nov 2021 · 4 min read

This is the week that Boris Johnson is meant to rally the world against climate change. But the British prime minister goes into COP26 distracted by an acrimonious row with France about fish.

Sniping and rivalry between Britain and France is becoming a serious international problem. The G7 summit in June took place against the backdrop of another Franco-British dispute — on that occasion about Northern Ireland.

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