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Brexit 2019

UK PM front-runner Boris Johnson called French ‘turds’ - reports

Boris Johnson, photographié le 17 juin 2019 à Londres.
Boris Johnson, photographié le 17 juin 2019 à Londres. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay/File Photo

Footage of British prime ministerial hopeful Boris Johnson calling the French "turds" over their Brexit stance was cut from a BBC documentary following a request from the Foreign Office, the Daily Mail reported Friday.

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According to French news agency AFP, the comments were reportedly made during Johnson's time as foreign minister, and were cut out of the fly-on-the-wall documentary "Inside the Foreign Office".

A Whitehall memo seen by the paper said the department asked for the footage to be cut, saying it would make Anglo-French relations "awkward" and make Brexit negotiations more difficult.

Johnson resigned as Foreign Secretary in protest at Theresa May's Brexit plan, and is now the overwhelming favourite to replace her as Conservative Party leader and prime minister.

"The production team made judgments about what was in the programme and they are satisfied that the programme achieves its ambitions and has the content they wanted," a spokeswoman for the BBC reportedly told the Mail.

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