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It was about 12.20am, a few days before Christmas, and we still hadn't reached agreement, so the chairman called it to a close. Suddenly [Francois] Mitterrand launched into a great monologue about how we had reached the end of the road, we shall have to consider if we can ever manage this, and so on. When he finished, Margaret piped up, to my astonishment, and said: "No, it hasn't been like that at all, President Mitterrand. It's been a very good meeting. We haven't quite solved it, but we will. Cheer up, Monsieur."
A moment's pause, and then he said: "I sometimes think Mrs Thatcher is even more beguiling when she is saying yes than when she is saying no."