Tuesday, April 06, 2004

OxBlog: "WELL DONE, MA'AM: The Queen, speaking in flawless French, delivered a stirring speech last evening at the Elysee in commemoration of the centenary of the Entente Cordiale, recalling the history of Anglo-French cooperation through the wars of the past century, and calling on the two nations to face the challenges of counterterror side by side. Finishing with a toast to M. le President and the French nation, the Queen ended saying 'Vive la difference, mais vive L'Entente Cordiale.' Well done, ma'am. Britain is fortunate to have such a skilled practicioner to draw upon in its diplomatic service. "

I have to disagree with this OxBlog post, which I have reproduced here in full. The Entente Cordiale is often cited as one of the primary inspirations for WWI. It was secret, and it scared the begesus out of Germany, causing them to form an allegiance with Italy and Austria, causing France and Britain to bring in Russia. That, plus the arms race between Germany and England caused the Kaiser to jump into France.
Read a little history before you encourage the Queen to play nice with the Frogs.

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