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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?

By Douglas Johnson   April 2003

Douglas Johnson: Bonjour, mon G?ral…

Charles de Gaulle: No, excuse me professor, but we are not talking French today. We are talking English.

DJ: I didn’t realise that you spoke good English.

CdG: Well, it so happens that, where I am at the moment, it is very easy because we have been provided with the gift of tongues, and I can speak any language that I choose. I don’t like speaking these other languages, they are all inferior to French, but my voices told me that today we should speak English. You will not be surprised that I have…

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