Europe: The Grandest Tour

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The balcony scene was played in a style that could only be described as Socialist surrealism. High above the cheering crowds and the nodding lindens of Gorky Street, Charles de Gaulle beamed magnificently from the very window in Moscow's massive, 19th century city hall where Lenin had exhorted the revolutionaries of 1919. "I am in finitely touched," De Gaulle began. "I bring you the greetings of the Parisian people and the people of France." Then, in perfectly polished Russian: "Long live Moscow! Long live Russia! Long live friendship between France and Russia!" At that cry, the lowering summer...

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