The leaders of Britain and France this week weathered a public spat as French President Emmanuel Macron openly criticized British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for the latter’s handling of ongoing immigration crises in Britain and Europe.
Johnson on Thursday had tweeted out a letter he said he had written to Macron proposing several remedies for the immigration issuings dogging the Continent and the U.K., including “joint patrols” conducted by both countries.
Macron responded by telling Britain, via media, to “get serious” about immigration.
“You don’t communicate from a leader to another on these matters via tweets and letters that are made public,” a frustrated Macron told reporters. “We are not whistleblowers.”
French government spokesman Gabriel Attal, meanwhile, claimed that the letter “doesn’t correspond at all” with talks the two leaders had earlier this week.
“We are sick of double-speak,” Attal told the Associated Press.
The renewed debate comes after nearly 30 immigrants died while attempting to cross the English Channel from France to England.