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The French President warned Boris Johnson the UK’s stance on post-Brexit fishing rights and on Northern Ireland could ruin its reputation after leaving the EU. It comes as France detained a British trawler off of Normandy and fined another, sparking a diplomatic row between the UK and Paris.

In an interview, Mr Macron said the fishing rights row was important to France and the rest of the world.

He said: “Make no mistake, it is not just for the Europeans but all of their partners. 

“Because when you spend years negotiating a treaty and then a few months later you do the opposite of what was decided on the aspects that suit you the least, it is not a big sign of your credibility.”

The President added he had “never created pointless controversy” with post-Brexit disputes. 

However, speaking to the Financial Times, Mr Macron stressed fishing issues were “important” for France and the UK.

He told the outlet: “We are talking about the life of our citizens.”

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