Boris Johnson Compares French President to Second World War Prison-Camp Guard

Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson delivers a speech at Chatham House on December 2, 2016 in London, England. Johnson warned the world risks slipping back into a 'brutal' era where strong men dominate and democracy is in retreat. In his first major speech as Foreign Secretary, Mr Johnson insisted the UK …
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(AP) – As Theresa May extols Britain’s close friendship with its European neighbors, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is being criticized for comparing French President Francois Hollande to a World War II prison-camp guard.

Johnson was asked about a reported comment from one of Hollande’s aides, saying Britain should not expect a better trading relationship with Europe once it is outside the EU.

Johnson said on a trip to India that “if M. Hollande wants to administer punishment beatings to anybody who chooses to escape, rather in the manner of some World War II movie, then I don’t think that that is the way forward and I don’t think it’s in the interests of our friends and partners.”

British Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron called the remark “crass and clueless.”

May’s spokeswoman, Helen Bower, defended Johnson, saying “he was making a point. He was in no way suggesting that anyone was a Nazi.”