Foot on table: British PM at home in French president palace

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Foot on table: British PM at home in French president palace
French President Emmanuel Macron, left, talks to Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson during their meeting at the Elysee Palace, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 in Paris. Boris Johnson traveled to Berlin Wednesday to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel before heading to Paris to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron. (Christophe Petit Tesson, Pool via AP)

PARIS (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson apparently wasn’t sweating it despite the high stakes subject of his talks with the president of France: Brexit.

So relaxed was he during his Thursday visit to Paris that he sat deep in an upholstered chair in an Elysee Palace salon — and put his foot on a small table.

President Emmanuel Macron faced his guest from a chair on the other side of the small round table.

Macron modernized palace furniture after his 2017 election, casting off formality for high-toned comfort.

The informal posture of Britain’s leader may be the new normal in the often-tense world of diplomacy. Afterall, Macron himself squeezed the thigh of President Donald Trump during a meeting in Paris in November.

The Elysee later called Thursday’s encounter “complete” and “constructive.”