Published: Fri, June 28, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

UK PM hopeful Boris Johnson called French ‘turds’

UK PM hopeful Boris Johnson called French ‘turds’

The insult was supposed to feature in a documentary on Brexit, but Foreign Office chiefs begged for the line to be cut, according to sources.

The BBC initially insisted they would broadcast the comments, as part of the documentary Inside the Foreign Office, which was broadcast previous year, insisting that they were an accurate portrayal of Johnson at work.

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Johnson, who is one of two contenders for Theresa May's role as Conservative Party leader and United Kingdom prime minister, reportedly made the gaffe in a sign of frustration over France's intransigence in Brexit negotiations.

The comment was reportedly made during filming for the three-part documentary Inside the Foreign Office.

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Foreign Office minister, Sir Alan Duncan said there had been a significant level of concern over the documentary.

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In the leaked memo, dated November 13, the Foreign Office insider says: "We negotiated the removal of one potentially awkward moment where the former Foreign Secretary calls the French "turds" so as not to distract from the rest of the programme".

He said: "I will continue to speak as directly as I can".

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