De Gaulle's first veto: France, the Rueff plan and the free trade area

Lynch, Frances M.B. (2000) De Gaulle's first veto: France, the Rueff plan and the free trade area. Contemporary European History, 9 (1). pp. 111-135. ISSN 0960-7773

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Abstract

Within one week of his election to the presidency of the Fifth Republic de Gaulle had taken a number of decisions which were to lay the basis for the foreign and economic policies pursued throughout his tenure of office. Contrary to all expectations de Gaulle confirmed his support for the European Economic Community, against the initial advice of his ministers he devalued the franc, and at variance with his partners in the EEC he vetoed Britain's plans to set up a free trade area in Europe. This article examines the reasons for de Gaulle's critical policy choices.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Social Sciences and Humanities
Depositing User: Rachel Wheelhouse
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2012 15:37
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2012 15:37
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/11027

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