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Macron visits the UK this week—but tensions over border controls could spoil the party

Long-running controversy over the Le Touquet Treaty, which effectively locates the UK border in Calais, has reignited

By James Black & Sarah Grand-Clement  

French President Emmanuel Macron. Photo: Vandeville Eric/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images

As French President Emmanuel Macron arrives in London for the 35th UK-France Summit and his first formal bilateral meeting with UK Prime Minister Theresa May, all the talk has been of boosting Anglo-French cooperation, from post-Brexit trade to European defence. However, growing French discomfort with arrangements at the UK-France border could be a potential sticking point as both leaders meet—and a test-case for where, in very literal terms, the two countries stand in relation to each other as both sides seek to define…

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