‘Overpriced and mediocre!’ Calls for France product boycott grow after Macron tantrums

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French MP Bruno Bonnell has warned the UK Government that Franco-British relations will not improve when the dispute over fishing rights reaches some form of conclusion. The issue of fishing licences is just the “tip of the iceberg”, he said, signalling that more squabbles will arise over the Brexit trade deal struck between Britain and the EU.

Express.co.uk readers have insisted that Britons, not just the UK Government, should stand up to French President Emmanuel Macron’s bully tactics.

“If these fools want a trade war let’s have one,” wrote methuselah.

“It will backfire on them because their ‘friends’ in Brussels won’t go along with their childish anti-Brexit shenanigans. They are more grown up and realise it would harm them more than the UK,” they added.

The EU has so far remained largely on the sidelines of the dispute over fishing rights, much to the annoyance of French officials.

One Brussels official recently told MailOnline that Mr Macron is simply overplaying the row to win favour among French voters ahead of elections.

“It looks good for President Macron right now to be tough on the British,” the source said.

If this view is held widely among EU officials, it is unlikely the bloc will turn to France’s aide.

“Boycott French goods,” Queenbee 47 wrote, calling for more pressure on French officials to force them to back down.

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“We don’t need their wine, cheese and cars anyway – these are all available from other countries,” they add.

“French products are mostly overpriced and mediocre quality anyway,” jibed corona, insisting that people should “join the boycott”.

James A stated that “there are plenty of other sources to replace French imports and plenty of ports apart from French ones to send that trade through”.

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A number of readers have pointed to this last point about ports, arguing that if the French government continues to play dirty, Britain should threaten to make use of ports outside of France.

“Mr Bonnell does not seem to understand that if France decides the way to attack the UK is to stop and search every truck then the UK will use other ports outside of France and then the French will lose a great deal of business to their competitors,” said Picketty Witch.

ValBrooker added: “The only thing France can do is block their own ports, cutting their own nose off to spite their face.

“The UK can bypass French ports, as can exporters to the UK.”

In his latest tantrum, Mr Macron left the COP26 climate conference a day early after Boris Johnson refused a meeting with him.

The French President was snubbed by Mr Johnson who insisted that the row over fishing rights is “really vanishingly unimportant” in comparison to climate change.

In this dispute, nicknames and jibes are being issued as often as new threats, with Mr Macron having been dubbed “Le Strop” by diplomats for flying home earlier than planned.

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