He knew exactly what he was doing. After Mrs May dominated events earlier this week, Boris was desperate to get back in the limelight. The BBC reports:
Like some latter-day Basil Fawlty, Boris Johnson mentioned the War and didn't get away with it.
The foreign secretary urged the French president not to "administer punishment beatings" on Britain for choosing to escape the EU "rather in the manner of some World War Two movie".
Not surprisingly, uproar has ensued. Former Labour leader Ed Miliband said Mr Johnson had shown once again that he could be "supremely clever and yet immensely stupid".Boris doesn't mind who he upsets, as long as he can be the centre of attention. Childish, really.