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Is it really 'entente cordiale'?

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Are the French our eternal enemies? We have fought in the past of course - at Agincourt, Waterloo and Trafalgar, for instance. Today Nicholas Sarkozy and David Cameron will declare a new era of defence collaboration. Historian Orlando Figes and Patrick Hennessy, the former Army captain who wrote the Junior Officers Reading Club, reflect on the not-so-cordiale history of the entente.


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