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Episode 4

Book of the Week, Mitterrand Episode 4 of 5

In 1984, when he was president of the EEC, and despite their political differences, Mitterrand went out of his way to cultivate 'Dear Mrs Thatcher'. He said of her accent, 'If you close your eyes, you could think she's Jane Birkin.'

This biography of the French President was written by Philip Short, and is read by Henry Goodman.

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall
A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

Release date:

15 minutes

Last on

Fri 29 Nov 2013 00:30


Role Contributor
ReaderHenry Goodman
ProducerJane Marshall
AbridgerJane Marshall
AuthorPhilip Short

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