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General de Gaulle

An irascible de Gaulle talks to Douglas Johnson on boring England, declining France and the Iraq crisis. The great strategist is not impressed with Chirac's handling of America - or could he just be a little bit jealous?
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A Franco-German dance

The Franco-German defence relationship is entering a new phase. As France prepares to rejoin Nato, Douglas Johnson considers a timely survey of this uncertain alliance
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France’s profound mystery

Eurosceptics are looking to the Paris mob to stop the single currency. They may have to look no further than the government. Douglas Johnson reveals the real reason why Jacques Delors did not run for president
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L’exception française

More than any other European nation, the French have a powerful sense of historical destiny. Having exported their values to the world in 1789, their self-confidence ebbed away in the 20th century. But with the election of Jacques Chirac, a…
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