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If you don’t have someone sending you snippets from France, you’ve probably missed this piece of all-time classic diplomacy from the French senator Phillipe Marini, who I met once when he was meant to be an independent chairman at a betting seminar in France but actually argued on behalf of the French racing industry from his independent platform.

Disgruntled about the comments by Luxembourger European Commissioner Viviane Reding in connection with France’s treatment of Roma gypsies, he told the France Culture at the weekend:

“I wish that Napoleon III and Bismarck had come to some different kind of agreement back in 1867, so that Luxembourg didn’t exist.”

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