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.