Monday, January 15, 2007

Britain-France merger, 1956: a truly astonishing historical find

Again, not exactly early history, but it's too good to pass up.

According to the Guardian, which got the info from the BBC:

Britain and France talked about a "union" in the 1950s, even discussing the possibility of the Queen becoming the French head of state, it was reported today.

On September 10 1956, Guy Mollet, the then French prime minister, came to London to discuss the possibility of a merger between the two countries with his British counterpart, Sir Anthony Eden, according to declassified papers from the National Archives, uncovered by the BBC.

The man pictured above is Guy Mollet, who has to have been one of the strangest Frenchmen to ever live. Or maybe he was just in a mood.


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