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By Constantine A.

Drawing on authentic files and personal papers, this ebook deals insights into Anglo-American reactions to France's improvement of an autonomous nuclear potential; France's bid for the political management of Europe; Britain's first program to affix the EEC; the debatable US multilateral strength (MLF) suggestion for NATO; Britain's a number of propositions to France for the improvement of an self sufficient eu nuclear strength; the annoying Anglo-American diplomatic quarrel that used to be the Skybolt drawback; and the inventive international relations that produced the Nassau contract of December 1962.

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Dulles then flew to Britain on 19 October to discuss with his British colleague how matters stood. He met Selwyn Lloyd at Brize Norton Airfield, where they hoped to avoid a division in Europe, not only politically and militarily, but economically as well. They agreed that it was important to avoid a situation whereby de Gaulle would be driven away from Britain and the United States and 'into a position in which he would place all his faith upon the community of the Six'. Also, they knew that they were forced to take up de Gaulle's proposals for, 'if he were completely snubbed ...

44 Although Dulles left Paris satisfied that 'there was no sharpness at any point', the cordial atmosphere between France and the United States quickly became strained. 45 This was no doubt due to conflicting responses by both governments to the crises in the Lebanon and the South China Sea in the summer of 1958. The overall relations between the Anglo-American powers and France in the immediate aftermath of de Gaulle's accession to power can best be described as lukewarm. " West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer visited General de Gaulle at his home in Colombey-Ies-Deux-Eglises on 14 September 1958.

The two Ministers agreed that they were not in favour of the French plan as reported to them but that it would in present circumstances be impolitic to oppose them too definitely, since to do so might arouse nationalist feelings and create political difficulties. The Ministers also agreed that it would be difficult for either of their two Governments to associate themselves at all closely with these plans, both for reasons of policy and of security. Finally it was agreed that in present conditions the best course would be for both Governments to adopt a very cautious policy with regard to these plans and to do very little by way of encouraging or assisting.

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