Sulking Macron leaves COP26 early after tense talks with Morrison and Johnson

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News of his departure came following awkward encounters between the French President and Boris Johnson over the spat over fishing rights, which the French were forced into a humiliating climbdown yesterday after the EU refused to support them. He was also seemingly prickly when he met Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, after France recalled its ambassador from Canberra over the Aukus military alliance between Australia, the UK and US – which saw the antipodean nation cancel a deal for diesel submarines with the French.

Mr Macron is believed to have flown back to Paris last night (Monday), the Mail reports, after a handful of engagements at the climate change conference.

He missed the “family photo” with other premiers.

While it is thought that he always planned to leave after a day, his retreat comes as Mr Johnson and others were busy pushing through deals – including today’s announcement that over 100 nations will stop and reverse deforestation by 2030.

Last night, world leaders gathered for a royal reception at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, attended by Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate Middleton.

However, Mr Macron was not in any of the pictures of the event.

The French government has repeatedly threatened to sanction the UK and Jersey over a perceived lack of access to British waters for its fishermen.

Following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, the European nation has made repeated threats over some fishing licenses being turned down by Britain and Jersey.

After seizing a British fishing boat in French waters near Le Havre last week, France said it could stop UK boats landing in its ports if the row over fishing licenses for French vessels was not resolved by midnight on Monday night.

However, after the UK Government threatened to start “rigorous” checks on EU fishing activities in retaliation, just hours before his own deadline, the French President climbed down.

Instead, he said that discussions between the two nations and the European Commission would “continue tomorrow” and ruled out any reprisals “while we’re negotiating”.

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In a statement released last night, a UK Government spokesperson said: “We welcome the French government’s announcement that they will not go ahead with implementing their proposed measures as planned tomorrow.

“As we have said consistently, we are ready to continue intensive discussions on fisheries, including considering any new evidence to support the remaining licence applications.”

In another sign of cooperation, the Government today announced that the UK and France – along with the EU, France and Germany – committed to a “new ambitious, long-term Just Energy Transition Partnership to support South Africa’s decarbonisation efforts”.

In a statement, Mr Johnson described the deal as “game-changing”, adding that it “will set a precedent for how countries can work together to accelerate the transition to clean, green energy and technology.”

Mr Macron said the deal would “benefit from the long-standing cooperation between France and South Africa through the work of the Agence française de développement.

“And we hope it will set the standard for other such partnerships in the future. France stands ready.”

In September, the US, UK and Australia announced a military alliance – dubbed “Aukus” – in a seeming attempt to counter Chinese aggression in the South China Sea.

As a result of the deal, Australia cancelled a deal with France’s Naval Group to build a fleet of diesel submarines in favour of building at least eight nuclear-powered submarines with US and British technology.

When asked by reporters at the climate summit whether Mr Morrison lied to him before tearing up the contract, Mr Macron replied: “I don’t think, I know.”

Responding to the accusation, Mr Morrison hit back saying he would not allow “slurs” against his country from the French leader.

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