French-UK leaders’ changing tone: From ‘Donnez-moi un break’ to texting about football

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By Michel Rose and Alistair Smout PARIS (Reuters) – As British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and French President Emmanuel Macron exchanged rugby shirts at the Elysee palace on Friday, it was in sharp contrast in tone to years of acrimony between London and Paris. The two leaders, both former investment bankers, had even exchanged friendly text messages when France knocked England out of the football World Cup in December, Sunak told Le Figaro newspaper, in a further sign of what British media have called “Le Bromance”. “He was very elegant,” Sunak said about Macron. It was a far cry from the bar…

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