Casablanca ConferenceCasablanca Conference,Jan. 14–24, 1943, World War II meeting of U.S. President Franklin Delano Rooseveltand British Prime Minister Winston Churchillat Casablanca, French Morocco. A joint declaration pledged that the war would end only with the unconditional surrender of the Axis states. No agreement was reached on the claims for leadership of the rival French generals, Henri H. Giraudand Charles de Gaulle, who also attended the conference.Giraud, Henri HonoréGiraud, Henri Honoré(äNr ' nôr ' zh r ') [ē ōāē ōkey],1879–1949, French general. He served in World War I and in the campaign in Morocco (1925–26). A commander in World War II, he was captured by the Germans in May, 1940, but made a dramatic escape (1942) to unoccupied France and from there to Gibraltar. He took part in the Allied landing in North Africa, where he was given command of all French armed forces. On the assassination (Dec., 1942) of AdmiralDarlan, Giraud succeeded as high commissioner of French North and West Africa. His conservatism earned him the opposition of the Free
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