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Jeremy joined England's crusader army in Toulouse and met Ronnie, the man who burnt the Tunisian flag

My word, the French countryside is beautiful in June. I’d bought WG Sebald’s latest book to read on the long car journey from Calais to Toulouse, but had no need of it: I looked out of the window for seven hours with hardly a moment’s boredom. The autoroute was black and smooth all the way. There was not a scrap of litter on the hard shoulder and there were flowering shrubs in the central reservation. Our brand-new MPV had air-conditioning and a CD player on which we played Frank Sinatra’s greatest hits. It was surprising how well Frank’s rendering of…

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