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UK News: Macron nowhere to be seen as world leaders hold 'team photo' at COP26

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Where is Emmanuel Macron?

The French President, who is currently attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow this week, was nowhere to be seen at yesterday's evening reception.

World leaders including Joe Biden, Boris Johnson, Angela Merkel and Justin Trudeau capped off the first day of the conference with a lavish royal reception at Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum with Prince Charles, Prince William, Kate Middleton and the Duchess of Cornwall all in attendance.

But Macron, who was pictured earlier in the day speaking with Boris Johnson at the conference, had seemingly disappeared and could not be seen in any pictures of the event.

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His apparent absence comes amid high tensions between France and the triumvirate of Australia, the UK and the US over the submarine contract row, while Britain and France are locked in a bitter dispute over post-Brexit fishing rights.

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Macron confirmed yesterday just hours before the evening reception that France would not go ahead with retaliatory measures against Britain amid the two nations' bitter dispute over post-Brexit fishing rights.

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He declared discussions between France, the UK and the European Commission would 'continue tomorrow' and ruled out any retaliation against Britain because 'it's not while we're negotiating that we're going to impose sanctions'.

Macron's backing down from retaliatory measures followed shortly after he came face to face with Australian PM Scott Morrison at the COP26 event, whom he publicly called a liar for his role in the submarine row.

When asked by reporters at the climate summit whether Morrison lied to him before tearing up a $90billion submarine contract - a move labelled 'clumsy' by Joe Biden - President Macron replied: 'I don't think, I know.'

Though the reason for Macron's disappearance is as yet unknown, his highly-publicised quarrels with several world leaders at the event may well have caused the French President to make an early exit.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison as they arrive to attend the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow yesterday. When asked by reporters at the climate summit whether Morrison lied to him before tearing up a $90billion submarine contract, President Macron replied: 'I don't think, I know.' © Provided by Daily Mail Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison as they arrive to attend the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow yesterday. When asked by reporters at the climate summit whether Morrison lied to him before tearing up a $90billion submarine contract, President Macron replied: 'I don't think, I know.' An awkward handshake in Rome between Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (right) and French President Emmanuel Macron (left) took place when the pair met in Rome last week © Provided by Daily Mail An awkward handshake in Rome between Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (right) and French President Emmanuel Macron (left) took place when the pair met in Rome last week

At the start of the evening the Queen urged world leaders to 'earn a place in history' and 'answer the call of those future generations' in an impassioned speech to representatives.

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Her Majesty, 95, who was forced to miss the conference after her overnight stay in hospital last month, told leaders via video 'to rise above the politics of the moment, and achieve true statesmanship'

After the monarch's powerful speech, the Prime Minister said: 'What we've got today, as Her Majesty alluded to, is the biggest gathering of world leaders in this country since the foundation of the UN at the end of the Second World War, and it's quite an extraordinary historic event.

'But in a way, what we are doing today, is even more important, because we face nothing less than a mortal threat to our planet and to our civilisation, to our way of life.'

The Queen urged world leaders to 'earn a place in history' and 'to rise above the politics of the moment in her address to leaders at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow yesterday evening © Provided by Daily Mail The Queen urged world leaders to 'earn a place in history' and 'to rise above the politics of the moment in her address to leaders at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow yesterday evening Read more

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A preliminary report for the UK Government by consultants Arup states 102,500 tonnes of CO2 equivalent (tCO2e) is due to be released by the summit in Glasgow. This comes in comparison to 51,101 tCO2e from Cop25 in Madrid in 2019.Around 60 per cent is produced by international flights taken by world leaders and business magnates including Amazon's Jeff Bezos, said The Scotsman newspaper.His £48million Gulf Stream led a 400-strong parade of private jets into Cop26 a fortnight ago, including those belonging to Prince Albert of Monaco, scores of royals and dozens of 'green' CEOs.

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