A provocative remark

From Peter Hitchens’ latest Sunday Mail column:

The French… long ago recognised their defeat by Germany in 1940 as permanent, and resolved to live with it in return for prosperity and the outward appearance of grandeur. That, enshrined in the Elysee Treaty of 1963, is the unspoken pact at the heart of the EU.

It may be easy to dismiss anything published in the Mail, especially when it is harsh toward the French and the Germans.  But is this not in fact a very plausible description of the last 70 years of French policy?


1 Comment

  1. acilius

     /  November 9, 2010

    And of course, one might also suggest that the UK’s attitude towards the USA in the same period shows a jittery dependence that has been hanging on since June/July 1940, and that its attitude towards Russia was also set in the same time.

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