Que l'Entente Cordiale dure longtemps! (May the 'Friendly Understanding' endure!)
It has lasted so far for one hundred years and this week's State Visit to France by Her Majesty The Queen is a signal that, whatever the short-term and bitter disagreements which have marked recent times, our shared interests [along with those of our other partners] are simply too important and crucial for our long-term survival and prosperity for us to allow ourselves to be diverted. France is a country I like very much, and not just for its food and wine, with people who are sometimes infuriating (but who hasn't met the occasional infuriating British person, too?), but we have far more in common than anything which divides us.