Western Europe: The Ravensburg Incident

Charles André de Gaulle, who never accepts dinner invitations to foreign embassies, had made an exception. Together with his wife Yvonne, the President of France sat down at a ceremonial banquet in the 18th century Hótel de Beauharnais, the palace in which German ambassadors to France have lived for most of the past 150 years. The banquet had a double purpose: to celebrate the return of the palace, seized by the French at the end of World War II, and to set the mood for this week's visit by Chancellor Kurt Kiesinger...