Thursday, November 18, 2004

A closet Francophile speaks!

Patrick Belton has an interesting take on Anglo-French relations. His basic argument is that Chirac is thoroughly disagreeable. He's right - of course - the man's more than a little dodgy. But I do think that the 'violent love' that Chirac talks about between our countries is nothing new. Some of us applauded (some still do) de Gaulle's 'Non'. Reaching deeper into history, think of the reaction in Britain to the French Revolution (we sent troops to France).

There's nothing really new here, and it is difficult to capture exactly how it feels to be a British Francophile. A kind of violent love isn't perfect, but it is the best attempt I've seen.

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