And you thought we had problems with Russia? It looks like our relations with France are going to become a little chilly over the very undiplomatic cartoon character Mr Rude. Mr Rude will appear in the new Mr Men series. His party piece is to get children to pull his finger, obviously he then farts. The problem for our friends across the channel is that Mr Rude has a French accent.
A French Embassy official said: “it is obviously meant in a light-hearted way, but it won’t improve Anglo-French relations”.