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NEWS FROM THE FRONT No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do. 17th May, 1940 : Instead of continuing his advance on Paris, General Guderian turns … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 21st December, 1958 : General Charles de Gaulle, France’s Prime Minister was today elected the first President of the Fifth Republic by a huge majority. His support was especially strong in French overseas possessions, … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)   16th September, 1959 : In a dramatic television address to the nation, President de Gaulle tonight offered the people of Algeria the right to choose their political future by referendum. Within four years … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 3rd July, 1962 : One hundred and thirty-two years of French rule in Algeria came to an end today with a brief declaration signed by Charles de Gaulle. He “solemnly recognised” the independence of … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 8th February, 1962 : Eight people died today when left-wing protesters, demonstrating against French policy in Algeria clashed with police. The Underground Secret Army (OAS) was blamed for exploding ten bombs yesterday at the … Continue reading

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