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France, the United States, and the Algerian War$
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Irwin Wall

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520225343

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520225343.001.0001

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The United States, Algeria, and de Gaulle's Diplomacy

The United States, Algeria, and de Gaulle's Diplomacy

Chapter Six (p.157) The United States, Algeria, and de Gaulle's Diplomacy
France, the United States, and the Algerian War

Irwin M. Wall

University of California Press

This chapter examines the diplomatic attempts of French President Charles de Gaulle to establish close ties to the Anglo-Saxons. It explains that at the moment of the collapse of the Fourth French Republic in May 1958, de Gaulle immediately informed the Unted States that France had the capability to produce nuclear weapons and would do so in the near future. One key objective of this move was the revision of the McMahon Act, which prohibited the United States from sharing nuclear defense information with other countries. The chapter argues that the foreign policy of the Fifth Republic was a continuation of the previous one, because it also revolved around Algeria and nuclear weapons.

Keywords:   Charles de Gaulle, Anglo-Saxons, nuclear weapons, McMahon Act, Fifth Republic, Algeria

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