Entente Tres Cordiale: France and Britain Almost Became One Nation
. Good thing they didn't. Imagine the waves of culinary shock that would envelop the western world: Frog in a hole; Spotted dick avec bearnaise; Haggis lyonnaise; Yorkshire pudding Provençal; This would have been worse than the Cold War.
French prime minister Guy Mollet suggested a Franco-Anglo union to his English counterpart Anthony Eden in 1956, reports the BBC, citing newly-released documents from the British National Archives.
The formerly secret government cabinet paper dated Sept. 10, 1956 reads: "When the French prime minister, Monsieur Mollet was recently in London he raised with the prime minister the possibility of a union between the United Kingdom and France." The extraordinary suggestion was turned down, however, meaning that the prospect of a new Anglo-French country would remain an intriguing historial hypothesis.