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On Tuesday, Bruno Le Maire, the Finance Minister of France, said in London that France is not taking a particularly hard line in Brexit talks as sometimes implied in the British press.
During a speech at the Chatham House think tank, Le Maire stated: “I read in some papers that France is being the toughest in the current negotiations. This is not correct.”
“We are not in favour of a hard Brexit nor of a soft Brexit. We are in favour of a fair Brexit, a Brexit which would be in the interest of both the UK and Europe,” added the French Finance Minister.
Officials from France have repeatedly said that the main objective of Paris in the Brexit negotiations was to maintain the unity of the remaining 27 countries and that the only point of contact for diplomats from the United Kingdom should be Michel Barnier, the chief negotiator of the Commission.