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Lord Frost and his French counterpart have met on Thursday to “relaunch the necessary dialogue” to ensure the “implementation” of the Brexit agreement. The crucial meeting comes as Britain and France continue to squabble over fishing rights.

Sharing a picture of Lord Frost on Twitter, Mr Beaune wrote: “Happy to receive in Paris @DavidGHFrost to relaunch the necessary dialogue and ensure the implementation of our agreements.”

Analysing the photo, Darren Stanton, said the State Secretary for European Affairs was asserting his dominance and authority.

He told Express.co.uk: “It’s an interesting photo, because if we look at the framing of the picture we notice that Clemence Beaune is in a totally different posture to David Frost.

“Analysing this photograph, we can see the French minister is standing upright and in a very strong dominant pose.

“His arm is on a right angle and if you zoom in closely you can see he is gripping David Frost’s hand very tightly.

“This is a power move, in a way to assert authority and dominance. Beaune wants it to be known to Frost that he is no pushover.

“It is reminiscent of how Donald Trump became known for his bonecrusher handshake when President.

“As for their facial expressions, the French minister is not adopting a genuine smile.

“Looking closely at his eyes, we do not see the classic crows feet – three distinct lines that indicate if a smile is real or not. Call this one a ‘cheesy smile’ or even ‘one for the cameras’.”

Speaking on behalf of BeMyBet.co.uk, Mr Stanton went on to analyse Lord Frost and suggested the Brexit minister was “open and willing” to negotiate.

He continued: “On the other side, Frost is having to stretch out his arm to make the shot work. He is also leaning in with his posture.

“Notice also his shoulders are facing Beaune, whilst the French minister is facing the front.

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“From this, we can conclude that the British minister appears to be open and willing to negotiate, whereas it appears to me that his counterpart is going to be less flexible and has come to very much win the debate for the French.

“Also if we look at Frost’s eyes, we can see he is displaying a genuine grin and appears to want to show his eagerness to be there and a willingness to come to this meeting to make sure a deal is done.”

The latest row comes after the UK approved just 12 permits out of 47 applications for small French fishing boats last month.

The French government has refused to rule out issuing new threats if the UK refuses to give more permits to its boats.

Downing Street has insisted the UK is sticking to the rules that require vessels to prove they fished in British waters between 2012 and 2016.

This week, the Prime Minister’s spokesperson said: “At no point in recent days and weeks have we changed our approach on licensing, which is simply to enforce the rules as set out.”

They added: “It is entirely up to the French government if they want to reimpose the threats that we saw them both announce and then stand back from in recent days.

“We are confident in our position, we have been throughout, that we are simply abiding by the rules agreed by both sides under the Brexit deal and we will continue to do so.”

On Monday, the French President backtracked on his threat just hours after saying he was ready to press ahead with retaliatory measures against Britain, saying he wanted to give negotiators time to find a solution.

France had earlier said that, starting from 11pm on Monday, it would restrict cross-Channel trade, threatening to turn bickering over fish into a wider trade dispute between two of Europe’s biggest economies.

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