British Prime Minister Theresa May has said she is honoured that France will lend Britain the Bayeux Tapestry, an 11th century treasure that tells the story of William the Conqueror’s invasion of England in 1066.
May spoke at a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, who was on a visit to Britain. They played up a new agreement to bolster security at French border controls and for Britain to speed the process of bringing unaccompanied migrant children across the frontier from France.
They lauded a series of agreements on everything from a British commitment to send three Chinook helicopters to Mali, where France has forces to help fight Islamist militants, to support French counter-terrorism operations and measures to boost school exchanges as a sign they could work together.
May also offered France $62 million to help with border security, part of May’s strategy to use defence as one of her strongest arguments for gaining leverage in negotiations on Britain’s planned departure from the EU.