For John, BLUF: It's a joke. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Samizdata Blogger Perry de Havilland, writing from London.
BACKGROUND: The French Presidential Election Runoff is this coming Sunday, 7 May. One of the candidates, Mr Emmanuel Macron♠ has touched on the issue of refugee camps near Calais, France, on the English Channel. This is where those waiting to go to (sneak into) England await their chance. These folks are held up in France (and Belgium) under the Juxtaposed controls Agreement.
At any are, Mr Perry de Havilland has some fun with the headline, based on English History:
The moment I saw this headline: Macron vows to renegotiate Calais treaty with Britain, I felt a frisson of excitement, and no doubt Mary Tudor’s ghostly inscribed heart started beating once again! Perhaps for the first time since January 8th, 1558, that splendid little town will soon be back under its rightful rulers.Hat tip to Samizdata.
Regards — Cliff
♠ This is the kid who wanted to marry his teacher, and did.