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By J. Ellison

The best risk to Western solidarity within the Nineteen Sixties got here now not from a communist enemy yet from an best friend: France. De Gaulle challenged the dominance of the U.S. by way of bringing crises to the EEC and NATO and looking détente with the Soviet bloc. As this publication exhibits, the U.S. and Britain cooperated effectively to make sure that his plans didn't prosper.

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28 Actually, this was an empty gesture, the French president having already decided that Erhard’s government was essentially Atlanticist. 30 This was the troubled diplomatic environment which confronted Lyndon Johnson as president from 22 November 1963. He later recalled his meeting with de Gaulle at John F. S. 31 Ignoring de Gaulle publicly masked the Johnson administration’s great preoccupation with the potential threat he posed to American conceptions of USEuropean relations. 34 Two themes did emerge in response to the two constraints that he faced.

De Gaulle’s challenge to NATO In January 1966, speculation was rife that a major French NATO initiative was imminent. 9 In London, Michael Stewart argued along similar lines in a memorandum to cabinet. 10 The Americans and the British were right to see a link between the Luxembourg compromise and de Gaulle’s strategy towards NATO. 11 The decree absolute would come on 7 March but on 21 February it was preceded by the decree nisi in one of the press conferences that de Gaulle revelled in as tools of diplomacy.

10 The Americans and the British were right to see a link between the Luxembourg compromise and de Gaulle’s strategy towards NATO. 11 The decree absolute would come on 7 March but on 21 February it was preceded by the decree nisi in one of the press conferences that de Gaulle revelled in as tools of diplomacy. The French leader reiterated that ‘France is going – between now and the final date of her obligations, which is April 4, 1969 – to continue to modify successively the measures currently practiced’; this would include reestablishing ‘a normal situation of sovereignty, in which that which is French as regards soil, sky, sea and forces, and any foreign element that would be in France, will in the future be under French command alone.

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