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A play in Paris about Churchill and de Gaulle

By Alistair Horne   February 2000

The eurostar slides into Gare du Nord dead on time. Then, chaos: all gates to the station are locked, and the M?tro is stopped. The reason: a contr?leur was stabbed by an enraged passenger. (Why, one wonders, should this happen not in England, but with some regularity in France, where the railways work rather well?) All the cheminots are on a one-day sympathy strike, demanding better protection from a vicious public. At least no one could accuse Paris of being boring.

At the Grand Palais there was the greatest exhibition ever of Daumier, including some fragile clay effigies of French…

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