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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

By Douglas Johnson   January 1997

I would not have thought, said the old lady, that the transfer of Andr? Malraux’s remains to the Panth?on would have caused the barricades to go up. The barricades are down now, the lorries are rolling again, and we have all had another opportunity to consider the profound mystery that is France’s European policy.

Is France about to explode? The answer is no-at least not in the traditional manner of 1848 or even 1968. But it is not unreasonable to ask the question. Things are being stretched.

President Jacques Chirac spends much of his time in conclave with Chancellor Helmut…

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