Don't agree anything and maneuvers: During lunch, Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson will have shared an art of ironing with a smile about the responsibilities on the hard Brexit. Between the salt cellars and the petit fours, everyone has kept to their own menu of requirements, doomed not to be followed by effects and statements that are meant to look good.
Already in suspension in his country, the capricious British prime minister is being put under pressure by the short term. The door of the European Union will be closed in the fall and reports warn the kingdom of disappointment on that date.
Johnson, after a hook from Berlin, came to Paris to bring back a partisan Macron from a land line no more than ever. He appeared in the Élysée Palace to make it seem as if he had been looking for another way disaster announced. For him, the glory of the epic break with ungodly Brussels. For his European counterparts, the moral burden of the damage that will result, because they are not subscribed to his crazy alternatives.
The trap of the confrontation that Johnson lasted, Macron avoided while leaving the silverware behind. Let's break the bread, because we divorce good friends. But he also has nothing to expect from an alleged proximity to the English Trump.
If he still endorses the possibility of a provisional agreement before the irreparable event occurs, this is only to better accuse the fault of a future failure on the counterparty.
Macron plays the long-term and the necessary agreements to, after Brexit, search for a United Kingdom that may have been Johnson until then. A coffee with the British troublemaker, if necessary. But Macron plans to leave London with the devastating addition of Brexit.