‘The failure of the EDC’, as explained by Professor Pierre Gerbet (Paris, 23 January 2004)

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Pierre Gerbet, Emeritus University Professor at the Paris Institute of Political Science, outlines the reasons for the paradoxical attitude taken by France when, on 31 August 1954, it rejected the Treaty establishing the European Defence Community (EDC) which René Pleven, President of the Council, had proposed as long ago as 24 October 1950.

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Source: Entretien avec Pierre Gerbet / PIERRE GERBET, Étienne Deschamps.- Paris: CVCE [Prod.], 23.01.2004. CVCE, Sanem (Luxembourg). - (28:48, Montage, Son original).

Photo: L'Unità. Organa del Partito Comunista italiano. dir. de publ. Lajolo, Davide. 31.08.1954, n° 207; anno XXXI. Milano.

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