Back of the queue – Emmanuel Macron finally reaches out to Boris Johnson after snubbing the UK for 12 days in favour of Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden.

In order to repair their broken relationship and revive the “Anglo-French partnership,” the two leaders decided to work together more closely on security.

On April 24, Mr Macron was sworn in as France’s next president after defeating right-wing challenger Marine Le Pen in a closely fought election. In the early stages of his campaign, French President Emmanuel Macron talked often with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, and the two leaders even chatted for more than two hours this week.

During the first few days after his election on April 24, Mr Macron also spoke with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and US President Joe Biden. Johnson told Macron to avoid talks with Russia that could help Russia spread its “false narrative” about the Ukraine crisis. A Downing Street spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister spoke to President Emmanuel Macron of France earlier today to congratulate him on his recent election victory.

“The leaders committed to reinvigorate the Anglo-French relationship, working together to tackle shared issues including the cost of living, threats from autocratic states, and global energy security.

“On Ukraine, the Prime Minister and President Macron were united in their condemnation of Putin’s deadly folly and agreed to coordinate more closely on longer-term security and economic support for Ukraine, as well as measures to isolate Russia.

“The Prime Minister updated on his visit to Kyiv last month and shared his conviction that Ukraine would win, supported with the right level of defensive military assistance.

“He urged against any negotiations with Russian on terms that gave credence to the Kremlin’s false narrative for the invasion, but stressed that this was a decision for the Ukrainian government.

“They shared concerns about the fallout from the invasion of Ukraine for global energy and food prices, and agreed to work through the G7 to mitigate the impacts domestically and on developing economies.”

Mr Johnson and Mr Macron discussed “opportunities for greater economic and technological collaboration between the UK and France, boosting jobs and growth in both countries”.

Also, how to deal with the tensions in Northern Ireland that have been made worse by the post-Brexit trade deal was talked about.

According to Prime Minister Johnson, “serious and ongoing concerns” have been raised about the contentious protocol, and he believes that modifications must be made in order to ensure peace.   

“On the Northern Ireland Protocol, the Prime Minister noted the UK’s serious and ongoing concerns with the operation of the Protocol and reiterated the need to make significant changes to protect peace and stability in Northern Ireland.”

Since Russia’s ruthless invasion of Ukraine started on February 24, negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union on the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol have been put on hold.

The British government, headed by Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, has insisted that the protocol is broken and has called for it to be totally rewritten.

The United Kingdom has warned that if the Article 16 protective mechanism is triggered, the agreement will be ripped apart.

However, Brussels has so far not agreed to Britain’s requests, and if it does, it says it will be punished.