, Volume 71, Number 4

Christian Lequesne is a professor of political science at Sciences Po Paris. He is the author, with Simon Bulmer, of ‘The Member States of the European Union’ (Oxford University Press, 2014) and is working on a book on contemporary French diplomats

There are big changes underway in the attitude of French diplomats. But one thing doesn't change: morale depends on the relations between the foreign minister and the president.

A lunch party at in the Soviet embassy in London in 1941

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