—after his visit to President Eisenhower and to Her Majesty's Government in Canada, for cannot Britain and France together play a great part in bringing about a better balance of world affairs—[HON. MEMBERS: "Like Suez?"]—yes, after Suez—particularly in so reshaping the Atlantic Alliance that it becomes the means not of undermining but of upholding the sovereignty and overseas interests of its European members? Will my right hon. Friend consider discussing the concept of interdependence with General de Gaulle because, if interdependence means anything, it means American acceptance that Algeria is French and Cyprus British?
I think that this visit to Paris is timely and I hope that it will be useful. The House may recall that I have always felt that we ought to keep close relations with the French Government. I visited M. Mollet shortly after I became Prime Minister and M. Gaillard shortly after he became Prime Minister. Similarly, we have had visits from them over here. I feel sure that that is the right thing to do and I think that the House as a whole will agree.