Mr Johnson’s comments came during a visit to India, when he was asked about a reported comment from one of Mr Hollande’s aides, who said Britain should not expect a better trading relationship with Europe from outside the EU.
The Foreign Secretary responded: “If Monsieur Hollande wants to administer punishment beatings to anyone who chooses to escape, rather in the manner of some World War Two movie, then I don’t think that’s the way forward.
“It’s not in the interests of our friends or our partners.”
The joy of such comments is that they annoy all the right people. Spudmonster, for example, has apologised to the French on behalf of us all.