Boris Johnson is meeting Emmanuel Macron in Paris for Brexit talks, with the French president saying the UK's vote to quit the EU must be respected.
But he added that the Ireland-Northern Ireland backstop plan was "indispensable" to preserving political stability and the single market.
The backstop, opposed by Mr Johnson, aims to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland after Brexit
Mr Johnson said that with "energy and creativity we can find a way forward".
On Wednesday German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the onus was on the UK to find a workable plan.