The savaging comments were made by La Point columnist Marc Roche during an analysis of Boris Johnson following a chaotic week of allegations of COVID-19 rule breaking parties in No10 and a defection of one of his MPs to Labour. The Frenchman’s comments sparked laughter amongst the BBC Dateline panel prompting the Beeb’s Sean Ley to jokingly ask if Mr Johnson is “appalling on every level”, a comment which sparked further mockery from the panel.
Speaking to the show, Mr Roche said: “There is enormous interest in Boris Johnson by French readers because of his personality.
“Because of Brexit, and because he has been a terrible partner in post-Brexit negotiations!”
He added how in recent days following the allegations in Downing Street, he has tried to explain “the feeling of entitlement of the upper classes” in Britain.
He also added how “there is a rule for some and a rule for others.”
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Mr Roche went on to say how he has also tried explaining “the booze culture” in Britain and within its Civil Service as he continued to mock Mr Johnson’s Government.
He said: “You have top civil servants going to the supermarket to buy cheap rosé and cheap cheese and boozing the whole evening!”
The Frenchman claimed how in France that would “never happen” because French civil servants drink “good wine” with a meal.
The comments sparked snorting from the panel and the BBC anchor as Mr Roche drove the knife further into the Government and drink culture at No10.
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“And you want a good relationship with Britain because all the terrible challenge we all have since Brexit.”
Senior civil servant Sue Gray is due to release a report into the alleged lockdown flouting Downing Street parties next week.
It comes as Boris Johnson faces a fresh crisis after former transport minister Nusrat Ghani accused Tory Chief Whip Mark Spencer of firing her because her “Muslimness” made colleagues feel “uncomfortable”.
Mr Spencer denies he made the comments and has accused Ms Ghani of defamation.