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The dream of tunnelling under the Channel had fascinated politicians and civil engineers for centuries. In 1802, French engineer Albert Mathieu Favier submitted plans to Napoleon for a tunnel which would be candle lit and carry horse-drawn carriages.In the 1870s construction started on a rail tunnel between Folkestone and Cap Gris-Nez.The British called a halt, worried about national security.In 1973, Georges Pompidou and Edward Heath, tried and failed.Their scheme (above) was scrapped ...

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