John Lewis’s Boss Andy Street Apologises for His Remarks about France

John Lewis’s Boss Andy Street Apologises for His Remarks about FranceJohn Lewis's managing director Andy Street has issued an unreserved apology for the remarks he made about France. He said that as a country France was "finished".

Andy Street spoke to an audience of entrepreneurs in London and said that France was "sclerotic, hopeless and downbeat." He also advised those who have investments there, should get them out quickly.

He provoked a fiery criticism yesterday from the French Embassy. Mr Street apologised and said that he made that comments light heartedly and they were actually meant to be funny but that he had "clearly gone too far".

The French embassy did not agree with the criticism that came from Lewis and said that the country enjoys public services that are "world-class", cheap transport, and is the "country with the fifth-largest stock of foreign direct investment in the world."

The comments came from Mr Street after he visited Paris to collect an award at the World Retail Congress, for business.

He must have regretted his words in the morning after, and hoped that he had not joked in the speech to British entrepreneurs, when the news was all over the media.