Interview with Francis Gutmann (Paris, 10 September 2014) — Excerpt: France and the Euromissiles crisis

In this interview excerpt, Francis Gutmann, an official in the French Foreign Ministry from 1951 to 1957 and Secretary-General of the External Relations Ministry from 1981 to 1985, discusses the origins of François Mitterrand’s address on 20 January 1983 to the Bundestag in Bonn. In his address, the French President confirmed his support of the installation by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) of Pershing II missiles in the NATO Member States in response to the installation by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) of SS-20 missiles. President Mitterrand also emphasised that France reserved the right to intervene with its own nuclear capabilities in the event of a Soviet attack on Germany.

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Source: Interview de Francis Gutmann / FRANCIS GUTMANN, Véronica Martins, prise de vue : Alexandre Germain.- Paris: CVCE [Prod.], 10.09.2014. CVCE, Sanem. - VIDEO (00:02:20, Couleur, Son original).

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