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Peace has broken out between Madame Edith Cresson and Monsieur Yves-Thibault de Silguy, the two French commissioners. A pity. Their palace intrigues were straight out of 17th century Versailles. Cresson, the coquette in the Mitterrand entourage who thinks most Englishmen are closet homosexuals; de Silguy, the smug ?narque who switched from Chirac to Balladur and back to Chirac. The couple’s scheming and mutual loathing has provided rich entertainment here; but it has damaged the French cause inside the Commission, on the slide since the departure of Jacques Delors. Now comes the ultimate test of French strength.

The Commission must soon…

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