UNDER THE ENGLISH CHANNEL – After three years of sweat and toil, Philippe Cozette tunneled into history one wintry day in 1990, using a compressed air drill to power through the last chunk of chalk marl separating undersea tubes extending from the shores of Calais in France to the white cliffs of Dover in England.
When the Frenchman reached through the hole to shake hands with his English colleague Robert Graham Fagg on the other side, the two countries were physically linked for the first time since the last Ice Age.
“Welcome to France,” Cozette said in English. “Bonjour, mon ami,” responded Fagg, before exclaiming in a distinctly English accent: “Vive la France!”
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