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Britain's foreign minister criticizes the European Union after France's talk about Northern Ireland

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has accused the European Union of failing to show respect for the United Kingdom, after French President Emmanuel Macron reportedly told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that Northern Ireland is not part of Britain.

Johnson met Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel at the G7 summit to discuss the Northern Ireland Protocol on Saturday.

Tensions clearly erupted during Johnson's meeting with the French president, after Macron said Northern Ireland could not be compared to a region in France.

Johnson reportedly asked Macron: "What do you think if French courts stop you from transporting Toulouse sausage to Paris?" Macron responded by saying it was "not a good comparison because Paris and Toulouse are part of the same country," according to the newspaper.

Johnson was said to have been angry at his counterpart's response and later said that EU leaders appeared to "misunderstand that the UK is one country", and the British foreign secretary accused EU leaders of trying to undermine Northern Ireland's standing as part of the UK, after talks failed to achieve a breakthrough. In the sausage war dispute, Raab said the EU was showing disrespect.