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Leaving the club: France takes back control

Extracts from memoirs and diaries, chosen by Ian Irvine

The way we were

General Charles de Gaulle during a press conference, 1966

In March 1966, President Charles de Gaulle announced that France was withdrawing from Nato and that all Nato troops must leave by the following April. The bust-up had been a long time coming: France had acquired its own nuclear deterrent and de Gaulle had long chafed under Nato’s “Anglo-Saxon” leadership. Back in 1958 at a briefing on Nato forces in France, he had asked General Norstadt, the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, to tell him the location of US nuclear weapons in France and their targets.

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In Prospect’s April issue: Ross McKibbin, John Curtice and Lisa Nandy examine the state of the Labour Party and question its survival at the next general election. McKibbin takes a long view and suggests that the party’s problems started long before Jeremy Corbyn, Curtice argues that breaking the party is unlikely to go as well as some may think and Nandy argues that tackling unaccountable power could help restore faith in the party. Nicholas Timmins says the NHS has always experienced financial crises so is this time any different? Lucy Wadham charts the rise of France’s Front National. Also in this issue: Owen Hatherley explores Edinburgh’s architectural conundrum, Freya Johnston on Jane Austen and Avi Shlaim on the tragedy of Yitzhak Rabin—the last best hope for peace.