De Gaulle, Ceausescu and May 1968


Commemorations of May ’68 and meditations on ‘the spirit of 68’ always overlook General de Gaulle’s visit to Romania on the 14-18 May. Eclipsed by les événements, this other event nevertheless offers insights into the evolution of Communist Romania, Gaullist policy towards the East, the growing tensions between French and Romanian Communists, and, more broadly, the nature and limits of the ‘Franco-Romanian friendship’.

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