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Sunday, 11 October 2015

Charles de Gaulle was, in fact, a friend of the British.

The French president Charles de Gaulle on why he vetoed UK membership of the European Economic Community in 1963:

"England, in effect, is insular. She is maritime. She is linked through her exchanges, her markets, her supply lines to the most distant countries. She pursues essentially industrial and commercial activities and only slightly agricultural ones. She has, in all her doings, very marked and very original habits and English traditions. In short, England's nature, England's structure, England's very situation differs profoundly from those of the Continentals."

de Gaulle actually liked the English.

Yes, he hated Churchill for military reasons, but he liked the ordinary people. He knew the Common Market would become political and knew, equally, that this would not suit the British.


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