Front page éditorial in La Manche Libre, excoriating the " le cynisme, la duplicité et l’opportunisme" of the Brits in detaining an Iranian tanker in the straits of Gibraltar, on the grounds that it was suspected of breaching an EU sanction, doing so without letting the European Union know of its intention to do so, and, according to the Spanish Foreign minister “acting on the orders of the United States”, later described by the White House as “excellent news”.
Since Boris Johnson’s description of the French as “turds” has also been revived in the French media, I seem to notice a distinct chill in the reaction of local people to English people around town, nothing overt, but a discernible froideur. Maybe I’m over-sensitive, but there is a delicate balance that needs to be carefully nurtured, and the news coming out of UK is getting a lot of coverage in the French media, and I’m not sure it’s doing our reputation a lot of good.
Having said that a neighbour just popped in with a basket of cerises blanches from his garden, so there’s still hope, I hope!
Any other signs of disenchantment re l’entente cordiale chez vous?