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Une Comédie des Erreurs, 1943-1956
Une Comédie des Erreurs, 1943-1956
By René Massigli
Plon, 1978, 540 pp
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A French diplomat who began his service at the end of World War I records his activities from the moment he escaped to London in January 1943 and de Gaulle put him in charge of Free France's foreign affairs to his many years as postwar Ambassador to London. A man of autonomous views, close to but independent of de Gaulle, he argued for a European Confederation under the aegis of a tight Anglo-French entente. His recital of the early postwar years and of the misadventure of the European Defense Community as well as his judgment of persons and policies make this a major source for future historians - and a pleasure to read for anyone.