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posted on Jan, 18 2007 @ 04:30 PM

LONDON - Would France have been better off under Queen Elizabeth II?

The revelation that the French government proposed a union of Britain and France in 1956 — even offering to accept the sovereignty of the British queen — has left scholars on both sides of the Channel puzzled.

Newly discovered documents in Britain’s National Archives show that former French Prime Minister Guy Mollet discussed the possibility of a merger between the two countries with British Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden.

“I completely fell off my seat,” said Richard Vinen, an expert in French history at King’s College in London. “It’s such a bizarre thing to propose.”

Eden rejected the idea of a union but was more favorable to a French proposal to join the Commonwealth, according to the documents. One document added that Mollet “had not thought there need be difficulty over France accepting the headship of her Majesty (Queen Elizabeth II).”

Wow!!! Imagine the Brits and the Frenchies living together under one flag (which I have not thought up one that would greatly represent such one nation). Not to mention that France was willing to allow the Brits to rule over them. The FRENCH?? They were desperate to survive.

posted on Jan, 18 2007 @ 04:42 PM
Personally, I would prefer the name "Fratain," for such a union.

I think that, up to the 1970's, civil servants in England had to swear loyalty to both the crown and the Church of England. I'm an American, and may be mistaken. Googling, all I could find was Elizabeth II's coronation oath:

maintaine the Laws of God the true profession of the Gospell and the Protestant reformed religion established by law [...] and [...] preserve unto the bishops and clergy of this realm and to the churches committed to their charge all such rights and privileges as by law do or shall appertain unto them or any of them

I can't find any copies of such an oath for lesser functionaries; I just remember that puritans and presbyterians were not allowed in certain govt. offices at one point in England's history.

Still, whether or not I got it right, one wonders how the Republic of France would have integrated the peculiar institution of The Anglican Church into its government, having forcibly expelled the Catholic one, and having a majority Catholic population today.

It would be fun to know what French conspiracy theorists have to say about this. If I were a Brit, I'd wonder if it weren't some kind of covert takeover . . . just like that chunnel thingy---trojan horse in Trafalgar Square and all that.

All the best.


posted on Jan, 18 2007 @ 04:49 PM
Personally i would like to keep the name 'United Kingdom'. Poor French, i never thought i'd see them coming to us with their puppy eyes. We could swap them for Scotland seeing as they want independence..


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