Franco-German enmity is Europe’s deepest wound, a seemingly unstaunchable source of blood and bile that, just in the last century, twice gushed its poison across the world. Then, suddenly, it dried up – officially at least – when, on 22 January 1963, on a tabletop in a ballroom in a palace in Paris, French president Charles de Gaulle and German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, signed the Deutsch-französische Freundschaftsvertrag, also known as the Traité de l’Élysée or, to those across the Channel…
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