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The French ResistanceEvery country affected by the Second World War has their own stories and experiencesfrom living in the middle of it or living in the aftermath of it. One major event that isremembered for the United States was the Bombing at Pearl Harbor. For Poland, it might be thegruesome concentration camp of Auschwitz. For France, it was the resistance against theGerman military within their own country that is remembered most. The French Resistanceshows how sickening World War II was. From defying each other to seeing your neighbor beingtaken away for resisting against the same thing you are. The mysterious and secretive aspect ofthe French Resistance is appealing to learn because it shows how families had to sort throughfactors of choosing a side and how the rest of society reacted to these decisions. The main pointof the French Resistance includes the surrounding situations in France at the time, the impact ithad on the war, and the legacy it left not only on the French, but on the whole world. The FrenchResistance was and will continue to be a significant period of time in history.Less than a year into World War II, was the first time Germany invaded France. After the“phony war”, on May 10, 1940, Germany reached at the Maginot Line on the border of France,already prepared for what was to come.The Fall of France is exactly what it sounds like. The
Banark1French had two advantages against the Germans, including fighting on their home turf and abigger army. However, this did not stop Germany. With air force power and intelligence, they gotthrough France’s forces at the Maginot Line in three days and started to invade the country ofFrance. France quickly ran out of steam and within a month, the Nazi party had partialgovernment control over France.On June 22, the newly elected Prime Minister of France, Marshall Petain, signed a trucewith Germany along with an agreement. The Franco-German Armistice separated France intotwo parts: one under German military occupation and one left for the French government. Thesigning of this truce went directly against the agreement between Britain and France. They hadcome to a consensus to not sign any individual peace treaties with Germany that would breaktheir powerful opposing force to the German army. However, after the Armistice was signed, a“puppet” government was created in the town of Vichy in southern France. This governmentthen became known as the Vichy government which continued to have the same rules as the oldFrench government, now it was simply overseen by the Germans.When Germany took over the government of France, many people saw it as a positivechange in the government. However, there was a small majority of people who saw that theGerman military and Hitler were taking over a majority of Europe with a strong, organized, andthreatening force. This small group resisted the fact that the German military now ran theirgovernment and decided to act on it. Charles de Gaulle, a French soldier from World War I, whowas also later elected as the President of France from 1959 until 1969, gathered people togetherand rallied against the German military in England. He refused to accept the surrender of Franceto Germany. With the help of England’s prime minister, Winston Churchill, de Gaulle held a

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