I have tried to set France upright against the end of the world. Have I failed? It will be for others to say. We are certainly present at the end of Europe. Why should parliamentary democracy (involving as it does here in France the distribution of tobacco shops!) which is on its last legs everywhere, create Europe? Good luck to this federation without a federator! Why should a type of democracy which nearly destroyed us, and isn't capable of ensuring the development even of Belgium, be sacrosanct, when we have to overcome the enormous difficulties with face the creation of Europe? You know as well as I do that Europe will be a compact between the States, or nothing. Therefore nothing. We are the last Europeans in the Europe that was Christendom. It was a lacerated Europe, but at least it did exist The Europe whose nations hated each other had more reality than the Europe of today. Don't ask whether France will make Europe--we have to grasp that France is threatened with extinction through the death of Europe. Nothing is final, to be sure. Supposing France became France again? I have learned the hard way that putting France together again from the broken pieces has to be done over and over. But perhaps this time. . . I have done what I could. If we much watch Europe die, let us watch. It doesn't happen every day!
Friday, April 10, 2009
Charles De Gaulle in his last conversation with Andre Malraux, quoted in Paul Johnson's Heroes (2007) at 233: