Minutes of talks between General de Gaulle and Harold Macmillan (Rambouillet, 15 December 1962)

On 15 and 16 December 1962, French President Charles de Gaulle holds talks with British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in Rambouillet on major international and European issues. The discussions also focus on the consequences of the meeting of the Assembly of Western European Union (WEU) held from 3 to 7 December in Paris, at which the Assembly gave its views on the establishment of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) nuclear strike force, which would put an end to the proliferation of national strike forces. General de Gaulle and Harold Macmillan both insist that their nuclear forces should remain under national control. While raising the possibility of Franco-British cooperation in the military field, General de Gaulle points out that on defence matters, the United Kingdom ‘does not seem to be truly European’. General de Gaulle also believes that the British nuclear force is not ‘purely British’ but ‘is closely linked to the United States’.

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Source: Comptes rendus. Entretiens entre le général de Gaulle et M. Macmillan à Rambouillet (15-16 décembre 1962): I, 15 décembre 1962, de 15h45 à 18h15, C.R. Très secret. Dans: Ministère des Affaires étrangères. Commission de publication des documents diplomatiques français. Documents diplomatiques français: 1962, Tome II, 1er juillet-31 décembre. Paris: Imprimerie nationale, 1999. Numéro du document 200. pp. 535-553.

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