Anglo-French cultural ties, 1971

France had been responsible for vetoing Britain's first two applications to join the EEC. As Britain prepared her third application, Prime Minister Edward Heath was anxious not to offend French pride. Here he reassures President Pompidou that French will remain the working language of the Community, and proposes increased cultural exchanges between Britain and France.
Catalogue reference: FCO 26/859 (27 May 1971)

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