When Britain & France nearly "married"...

#2
Well after a thousand years of getting their arrses kicked by just about everyone it was the natural order of things :threaten: :D
 

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#3
Right Eden is a bigger plonker that I originally thought. He had a perfect chance to confirm the United Kingdom and he chose not to...what an idiot. I would have loved to see the fleur de lys back on the monarch's standard!!!!

Makes me reach for my KJV to remind myself of the historical context...

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#4
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[align=center]Ok minus a harp and 'le lion de l'ecosse'....but still rather pretty...n'est pas?[/align]
 

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#5
lancslad said:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6261885.stm

:omg: - ah well on the plus side at least the Froggies were willing to recognise the legitimacy of Betty and it would improve our chances of winning the World Cup again ;-)

lancslad
So Thierry Henry could have played for England!
 

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#6
He could have played for a 'UK' team for sure, we could have always had 5 nations football as well as rugby. Why oh why did anyone ever make the five nations the six nations...they need a bloody history lesson!!!!
 

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#8
Hopefully PTP can merge the threads...definately a topic that needs some consideration. The French 'Senate' may well have been able to veto the Bliar's idiotic panderings to Bush...oh the possibilities of what might have been....
 
#9
Just think, we'd be up by a couple of aircraft carriers by now.
 
#10
...de Gaulle must be spinning like a camombert cheese in his grave...

Imagine the cabinet meetings...
 
#12
A union between Great Britain and France was actually proposed by Churchill in the 'dark days' of 1940. Considering the state of political and societal collapse (and near civil war soon thereafter) in which France found herself at that time, I don't see that a union c.1956 would have been that ridiculous. It's no more ridiculous than De Gaulle giving consideration to the idea of restoring the Bourbon monarchy in France after the Second World War; because the monarchists were so hopelessly divided amongst themselves the compromise was the strengthening of the office of President of the Republic.
 
#13
Small matter of the French people to consider... if I recall when Prince John slipped up and lost our (England's) French possessions it saved us a shed load in costs when we were running a bit tight...

My summer holiday reading was: The Sweet Enemy

Brilliant book, despite being a monstrous tome, but tracks the cultural alongside the historical. The upshot being we are chalk and cheese still and always will be.
 
#14
Just think, we could've had decent trains, a car industry and better food.
 

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Taz_786 said:
OTOH a greater tendency to surrender...

A little bit of the bard e.g. Henri V from the battle of agincourt...and they'd be away...I bet the Frenchies have been waiting years to throw the draw fingers salute to the enemy, think if things had been different in '56 they could have joined the club...
 
#17
Oh how things could have been. Chances lost are chances mourned
 
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Nehustan said:
Right Eden is a bigger plonker that I originally thought. He had a perfect chance to confirm the United Kingdom and he chose not to...what an idiot. I would have loved to see the fleur de lys back on the monarch's standard!!!!

Makes me reach for my KJV to remind myself of the historical context...

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Brilliant Nehu...
 

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