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“The Germans hate him”: remembering Boris Johnson’s time as foreign secretary

Is there one thing Johnson can look back at and say ‘yes, I did that’? Apart from allegedly driving French politicians "ballistic"?

By Steve Bloomfield  

Boris Johnson may find himself on the opposite side of the debate to his party's ardent Leavers. Photo: PA

The secret meeting between two Libyan warlords arranged by the French foreign minister was so hush-hush that only a handful of people in the Elysée and the French foreign ministry knew anything about it.

A few days before it took place, Jean-Yves Le Drian decided to widen the circle and rang his counterpart in the UK, Boris Johnson. It was a courtesy call; a recognition that the British had been a partner in the Libyan intervention and…

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