French Finance Minister: I personally will not miss UK’s Boris Johnson

French Minister for Economy, Finance, Industry and Digital Security Bruno Le Maire arrives to attend the weekly cabinet meeting after a government reshuffle at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, July 4, 2022. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File Photo

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PARIS, July 8 (Reuters) – The resignation of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson demonstrates that populism and Brexit were not a good mix, said French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, adding that he personally would not miss Johnson.

The scandal-ridden Johnson announced on Thursday he would quit as Prime Minister after he dramatically lost the support of his ministers and most Conservative lawmakers, but said he would stay on until his successor was chosen. read more

Asked for his reaction to Johnson’s decision, Le Maire told France Info radio: “It proves, in any case, that Brexit mixed up with populism does not make for a good cocktail for a nation.”

“Personally, I won’t miss him,” added Le Maire.

“What Boris Johnson will leave behind him, I do not think it will be particularly brilliant,” Le Maire also said.

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Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; editing by Jason Neely, William Maclean

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