Cartoon by Hicks on the meeting between de Gaulle and Adenauer in Colombey-les-deux-Églises (16 September 1958)

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‘The two churches.’ On 16 September 1958, German cartoonist Wolfgang Hicks illustrates the private meeting between Federal Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and French President Charles de Gaulle in the General’s country house in Colombey-les-deux-Églises. After his return to power, General de Gaulle decided to invite the German Chancellor to discuss the question of relations between the two countries. Adenauer was to be the only foreign Head of Government to spend a night at La Boisserie, the private residence of General de Gaulle. For Hicks, the two men, who are meeting for the first time, seem to have difficulties hearing each other as their voices are drowned out by the noise of the bells ringing to celebrate the event. Beneath the two national flags (a Cross of Lorraine has been added to the French flag) flying from the bell towers, we see two weather vanes, one a Gallic rooster and the other an effigy of the little Michel, the allegorical figure of Germany.

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Source: HICKS, Wolfgang. "Les deux églises" dans Die Welt Unabhängige Tageszeitung für Deutschland. Hamburg: Die Welt. 16.09.1958, n°215, p.1.

Copyright: (c) Hicks

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Cartoon by Hicks on the meeting between de Gaulle and Adenauer in Colombey-les-deux-Églises (16 September 1958)