A photo of Boris Johnson sticking his foot on a table during talks in Paris with the French president triggered unflattering comments on social media.
But users on both sides of the Channel who called the UK prime minister’s actions insulting might have been jumping to conclusions.
A video appears to show Johnson was responding to a joke by his host.
Emmanuel Macron seems to suggest the table could also be used as a footstool before Mr Johnson lifts his right boot.
Sky News political correspondent Tom Rayner offered a different perspective on the incident, saying it was part of a good-humoured exchange.
French newspaper Le Parisien also cleared the matter saying “No, Boris Johnson did not insult France by putting his foot on the table in front of Emmanuel Macron,” was the headline in the newspaper, which then outlines the light-hearted exchange between the two.