Sunday, 22 September 2019 09:57 GMT

UK PM put his foot up during meeting with French-President?

(MENAFN - NewsBytes) UK Prime MinisterBoris Johnsonmade himself a bit too comfortable while talking to French PresidentEmmanuel Macronat the latter's palatial residence.

A video of Johnson putting his foot up at a coffee table in Elysee palace, the official home of the French president, has gone viral.

While many lambasted Johnson's behavior, others said he was responding to a joke.

Here's what went down.

What happened
While talking to Macron, Johnson rested foot on coffee table
While talking to Macron, Johnson rested foot on coffee table

Johnson, who waselected to the top postof Britain in July weeks afterTheresa May resigned , is in France for theG7 Summit .

He met Macron to discussBrexitand other issues. As innumerable cameras watched the global leaders, Johnson lifted his right foot up and placed it on the coffee table.

He then waved at photographers, as Macron looked amused.

Here's a clip of the incident

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Don't they teach manners at Eton, wondered a Twitter user

Naturally, netizens were quick to reprimand Johnson.

One Twitter userwrote : Imagine the outrage on the British tabloids if a foreign PM did this in Buckingham Palace! Did they not teach #BorisJohnson good manners at Eton? (sic)

Another French usertweeted : It's unbelievable! No education! Bojo really has his foot on the table at the Elysee Palace. I wonder what Queen thinks about it? (sic)

It's embarrassing, opined former spokesperson of ex-PM Tony Blair

Johnson's behavior turned political after Alastair Campbell, former spokesperson of ex-PM Tony Blair, said, "It's embarrassing that the newly-elected PM of UK takes so long to go and see the German Chancellor and French President and then sticks his feet up on the President's table."

Different perspective
There were others who defended Johnson
There were others who defended Johnson

However, there were others who said social media outrage was unwarranted.

Sharing the entire clip, Tom Rayner of Sky News, said Johnson's "foot up" moment was a part of friendly conversation between him and Macron.

In the video, Macron appeared to be gesturing that the table can be used as a foot-stand and Johnson followed suit.

He kept his foot only for few seconds.

Here's the complete clip

Meanwhile, Macron delivered a stern message to Johnson on Brexit

During his meeting with Johnson, Macron is learned to have told the Conservative Party leader that it is impossible to form a new Brexit deal before October 31 deadline.

Notably, it's been more than three years since the UK voted to exit the European Union (EU), but it's still unclear when it would actually leave or on what terms.


UK PM put his foot up during meeting with French-President?

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