The City is quaking in its boots. The French are putting up barricades around the La Defence and other Parisienne financial districts to ward off the Brexiter Brits from looting their country’s riches, while in Brussels the Berlaymont technocrats – led by Germany’s former defence minister and president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen – have placed the city under curfew.
Just joking. But not entirely. With all the palaver over who paid what and how for No 11’s new gold wallpaper dominating the UK headlines, you may have missed that the French artillery – with von der Leyen taking up the rear – have been waving their swords at the City, threatening “brutal” reprisals because of the UK’s supposed misdemeanours against French fishermen and other potential transgressions.