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    France and UK considered 1950s 'merger'

    Britain and France talked about a "union" in the 1950s, even discussing the possibility of the Queen becoming the French head of state, it was reported today.

    On September 10 1956, Guy Mollet, the then French prime minister, came to London to discuss the possibility of a merger between the two countries with his British counterpart, Sir Anthony Eden, according to declassified papers from the National Archives, uncovered by the BBC.

    A British cabinet paper from the period reads: "When the French prime minister, Monsieur Mollet, was recently in London, he raised with the prime minister the possibility of a union between the United Kingdom and France."

    At the time of the proposal, France was in economic difficulties and faced the escalating Suez crisis. Britain had been a staunch French ally during the two world wars.

    When Mr Mollet's request for a union failed, he quickly responded with another plan - that France be allowed to join the British commonwealth - which was said to have been met more warmly by Sir Anthony.


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    Is it April 1st?

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    This is amazing!
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    I saw that on the TV this morning and my immediate reaction was; 'That would have been awesome'.

    France would have been a much more interesting country to rule than Australia and Canadia have been.
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    Another country whose language no-one really wants to speak except a few of its inhabitants.

    So, a bit like Wales but without so many sheep.

    Mind you, if they had proposed a swap they'd probably have been on a winner.
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