On Sunday, President Emmanuel Macron said that while France respects the sovereignty of the United Kingdom, it is time to move on from the sausage debate and focus on other pressing matters.
Tensions between the United Kingdom and the European Union over the Brexit deal erupted into a full-fledged verbal brawl on Sunday, with both sides accusing the other of creating discord at the Group of Seven summit.
“My aim is that we succeed collaboratively in putting into action what we signed several months ago,” Macron said during a G7 leaders’ summit news conference. “Let’s not spend time with squabbles that occur in backrooms and corridors.”
During a discussion with Macron, Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked how he would feel if Toulouse sausage makers were unable to sell their products on Paris markets, drawing a parallel with Northern Ireland sausage makers.
At the conclusion of the summit, Macron told reporters, “On this matter, we all need to keep calm.” “We create sausage in various towns, regions, and protected appellations around France. It’s something we’re proud of, and it’s something we adore “Macron made the remark in fun.
“There is Toulouse sausage, which we discussed earlier, but there are many more. We protect French food in all of its diversity, and I don’t want any conflicts with Montbeliard, Strasbourg, or other regions “Added he.
However, in response to charges from the British government that he suggested Northern Ireland was not part of the United Kingdom, he stated:
“France has never dared to dispute the United Kingdom’s sovereignty or territorial integrity.”
“I recall Boris Johnson not wanting to preserve the backstop, which was defended by Theresa May when he came to power,” he continued. “Prime Minister Boris Johnson was well aware that a control issue would arise at the time, and he signed a protocol for Northern Ireland that included such controls.”