France’s chilly welcome for Britain’s Boris Johnson: He ‘lied a lot’

July 14, 2016 11:59 AM

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BRUSSELS — Britain’s new top diplomat Boris Johnson came under sharp fire from his European counterparts Thursday, with France’s foreign minister declaring that the British “leave” campaigner had “lied a lot” during the push to break with the European Union.

The cheerfully undiplomatic former mayor of London is now charged as Britain’s former secretary with negotiating a divorce with E.U. colleagues who largely hold him in contempt. Johnson has a long history of colorfully insulting other nations and leaders, but the sharpest anger is connected to his c...

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