Notes and Reflections on Books and Media
by Hannah Leitheiser
Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military
Neil deGrasse Tyson
France didn't adopt the standard meridian until 1918. - Neil deGrasse Tyson, Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military (2018SEP)
There's some utilitarian reason to move the meridian eastward from England. If you're willing to move it to Italy, you can get rid of the kink required to route the International Date Line through the Bering Straight. In the end, though any standard is probably better than no standard, and England was the dominant seafaring nation.