France and Britain in a joint declaration said today (Friday 12 November) their historical friendship would flourish in a new and closer relationship as fellow members of the European Communities.
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Background: France and Britain in a joint declaration said today (Friday 12 November) their historical friendship would flourish in a new and closer relationship as fellow members of the European Communities.
The French Foreign Minister, M. Maurice Schumann, said in a news interview today that new and closer relationships wore called for.
The declaration and M. Schumann's statement came at the and of two-day talks with senior British Ministers. The declaration also pledges the two countries to intensified cooperation in every field and at all levels. Part of the declaration, which British officials stressed was not an ordinary communique issued after ministerial visits, calls for the closer study of the French language -- British civil servants will have their training in French increased, and the two countries will exchange teachers to improve the language and customs studies of britain and France.
It was also announced today that Queen Elizabeth will visit France next May at the invitation of President Georges Pompidou. Diplomatic sources have said that the declaration and the announcement of the Queen's future visit have symbolised a new intimacy in Anglo-French relations, which have been growing warmer as Britain moves closer to entry into the European Economic Community.