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Claude Martin: “European solidarity is illusory”


INTERVIEW - The diplomat returns to the disappointments of the post-war reconciliation between France and Germany, at the origin of the dysfunction of the European project.

The Franco-German couple?

It never existed, replies Claude Martin immediately.

However, the former French ambassador to China (1990-1993) then to Germany (1999 to 2007) believed in it.

Child of the Liberation, he remembers the meeting in 1963 of General de Gaulle and Chancellor Adenauer sealing the reconciliation between the two countries.

The famous Élysée Treaty could be the promise of an ambitious European project.

But the enlargement, the quarrel of egos and, recently, the strengthening of NATO after the invasion of Ukraine by Russia have passed through this.

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After the publication in 2018 of his book

Diplomacy is not a gala dinner

, crowned by four literary prizes, the keen observer of diplomatic and political life brought out his

"little notebooks of moleskin with a purple edge"

From a feather elegant, brushing a gallery of portraits and plunging into a long page of history, he publishes, still with Éditions de l'Aube,

When I think of Germany at night

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Source: lefigaro

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