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The hardest cross I have to bear is the Cross of Lorraine.
This remark referring to Charles de Gaulle was actually made by General Louis Spears, Churchill's envoy to France.
Film producer Alexander Korda asked Churchill in 1948 if he had made the remark, he replied
No, I didn't say it; but I'm sorry I didn't, because it was quite witty ... and so true!
Quoted in Nigel Rees, Sayings of the Century page 105.

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