Cartoon by Meinhard on Konrad Adenauer’s idea for a Franco-German union (13 March 1950)

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‘In response to Adenauer’s proposal, Marianne turns a beautiful but cold shoulder.’ On 6 March 1950, Federal Chancellor Konrad Adenauer grants an interview to American journalist Joseph Kingsbury-Smith in which he raises the idea of a Franco-German union. On 13 March 1950, German cartoonist Fritz Meinhard illustrates the lack of interest from the French authorities in this German proposal. France, depicted as a young Marianne wearing a Phrygian cap, remains indifferent to the advances of Federal Chancellor Adenauer, who is holding a bouquet of flowers, preferring to devote itself entirely to another suitor, British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin.

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Source: MEINHARD, Fritz. Mit spitzer Feder, Karikaturen aus der Stuttgarter Zeitung. Stuttgart: Turmausdruckerei GmbH, 1950. 134 S. (Kleine Turmhausbücher). "Auf Adenauers Antrag zeigt Marianne die schöne, aber die kalte Schulter", auteur:Meinhard, Fritz, p. 86.

Copyright: (c) Fritz Meinhard

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Cartoon by Meinhard on Konrad Adenauer’s idea for a Franco-German union (13 March 1950)