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To solve migrant crisis, Johnson depends on Macron

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In order to solve his most pressing political problem Boris Johnson is reliant on a rival who has reasons to want him to fail.

Relations between the prime minister and President Macron of France have been awful for months as the two governments snipe at each other on issues ranging from Northern Irish sausages to Australian submarines.

The strain was visible as a minister used yesterday's drownings to express irritation that France was not doing more to stop migrants crossing the Channel.

This kind of dig goes down badly with Macron. Last week he accused London of swinging between "partnership and provocation".

That is a problem for Johnson because to mitigate the problems in the Channel he is largely reliant on French goodwill, which is

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