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France Asked for UK Merger 2007-01-16

Posted by clype in Articles of Interest, Discovery, Europe.

According to once-secret British Cabinet papers from ‘The National Archives’ — on 1956-09-10, French Prime Minister Mr.Guy Mollet visited UK Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden in London to request a union of France with the United Kingdom — and even discussed the possibility of the British Queen becoming the French ‘Head of State’.

At the time of the proposal, France was in economic difficulties and faced the escalating ‘Suez Crisis’.

A document dated 1956-09-28 records a conversation between the UK Prime Minister and his Cabinet Secretary Sir Norman Brook:

‘The PM told him [Brook] on the telephone that he thought in the light of his talks with the French: That we should give immediate consideration to France joining the Commonwealth;

‘That Monsieur Mollet had not thought there need be difficulty over France accepting the headship of her Majesty;

‘That the French would welcome a common citizenship arrangement on the Irish basis.’

Nonetheless, this proposal was also eventually rejected. A year later France signed ‘The Treaty of Rome’ with West Germany and the other founding nations of ‘The Common Market’.



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