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Charles de Gaulle

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Charles de Gaulle

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History, Speech

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  • On May 10, 1940, German forces invaded the Netherlands, Belgium, and France. The Netherlands and Belgium fell in a little over two weeks.
  • The German army quickly pushed the French army back and entered Paris on June 14. Within days, the French government surrendered.
  • Charles de Gaulle (1890–1970), a French general, escaped to Great Britain, determined to continue fighting. On June 18, he delivered a radio address aimed at the French people.
  • In his speech, de Gaulle tried to inspire hope for Germany's ultimate defeat. He called on members of the French armed forces and workers in defense industries to join him in Britain to continue the fight. He ends by saying that the "flame of French resistance must not be extinguished."
  • De Gaulle became the political and military leader of the Free French (later, Fighting French) forces for the duration of the war. On August 25, 1944, Allied troops marched into Paris as the Germans retreated, and de Gaulle announced the city's liberation.
  • De Gaulle later served as president of France, where he remained a revered but controversial figure.


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