Celebrating 100 Years of French - English Accord

Entente Cordiale

Peter Schneider
Published: Wednesday, 05/19/2004 12:00 am EDT

On Wednesday, May 19, more than one hundred Ottawa schoolchildren will participate in a symbolic display of friendship to commemorate the centenary of the document that ushered in the modern age of harmony between Britain and France. The Entente Cordiale, signed on April 8, 1904 in London by British Foreign Secretary Lord Lansdowne and French ambassador Paul Cambon, aimed to settle longstanding territorial disputes between the two colonial powers. The Entente also signaled a shift from a history characterized by conflict and rivalry to a sustained era of rapprochement and alliance. One hundred years later, the Entente endures, and the relationship between the two countries has grown into a rich and productive one­ the world need only think of the Concorde and the Eurotunnel (celebrating its 10th anniversary this month) beneath the English Channel to summon images of Anglo-French cooperation.

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