French still prefer Churchill to Blair, book sales show

29th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

One was a grumpy Atlanticist who clashed with General De Gaulle, the other a slick French-speaker who saw a Britain "at the heart of Europe", but the French still prefer Winston Churchill over Tony Blair.

A new French translation by historian Francois Kersaudy of Churchill's own memoir has seen its first volume, covering 1919-1941, sell 48,000 copies and its second covering 1941-1945 another 33,000 in a year.

And Kersaudy's own biography of Britain's World War II leader -- "Winston Churchill, the power of the imagination" -- had already sold 50,000 copies.

Meanwhile, this year's British publishing sensation by Tony Blair, "A Journey", has sold only 40,000 copies in France, despite the young leader's memoir becoming a bestseller in much of the rest of the world.

© 2010 AFP

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