Welcome to the
From a photograph taken in London at the time
of his meeting with General Charles de Gaulle
Blondel was born in Arras in 1887. From his youth up, he made frequent
visits to England. He was an attache in the London Embassy from January
1914 to May 1915 under Monsieur Paul Cambon, who had been an ambassador
there since 1898. He returned there for two years following the First
World War. In the interval he served for three years in the embassy
He held posts in Mexico, Constantinople,
Athens and Buenas Aires. He was transferred to Rome where he reamined
for three years. From 1935-36 he was the French Minister Counselor,
and in 1936-38 he was the French Charge d'Affaires. He moved his
family to the Palazzo Farnese, which is the historical Embassy building
and remained there until the end of 1938.
Jules was the minister in
Bulgaria at the beginning of the Second World War and he joined General
de Gaulle with the "Free French" in London in 1942, after a long odyssey
of three months through Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and Africa which he crossed
from East to West. He remained a year with de Gaulle, after which
the French government in Algiers sent him as Ambassador to Norway and finally
to the United Nations.
For a brief commentary by Ambassador Blondel concerning General Charles
de Gaulle please click on the book.
That is just one story from 50 that the ambassador wrote and that are included
in his book: "Etente Cordaile" Many of the stories in
that book are true life adventures from his childhood and many are directly
drawn from his experience as a diplomat in the service of the French government.
Many are amusing, such as the time he was certain he had been condemned
to two years in the gaol and yet another, even more humorous, of his marriage
to his cousin at the ripe old age of 10.
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