David Cameron is caught up in an extraordinary ‘dwarfgate’ row with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
The dispute centres on a claim that Mr Cameron made a remark about ‘hidden dwarfs’ while discussing a photograph showing himself with Mr Sarkozy – who is seven inches shorter than the Tory leader.
The French government was reportedly furious about the comment.
And Shadow Chancellor George Osborne allegedly fuelled the Franco-Tory war by describing a box placed beneath a speaker’s lectern as a ‘Sarkozy box’, before bursting into a fit of giggles.
The jibes, made over a period of three days, led to French officials remonstrating with British counterparts, according to BBC2’s Newsnight.