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Old 06-18-2010, 09:55 AM
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Sarkozy in London for de Gaulle commemoration

Elderly former members of the Free French joined President Nicolas Sarkozy in London on Friday to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle's radio appeal to his fellow citizens to resist Nazi occupation.

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The British authorities rolled out the red carpet for a huge French delegation headed by Sarkozy and his wife Carla, with Prince Charles and Prime Minister David Cameron taking part in a series of solemn and colourful events in the British capital.

The Sarkozys toured the BBC's Broadcasting House, where de Gaulle, made his appeal on June 18, 1940, before laying a wreath at a statue of the general and visiting the former headquarters of the Free French at 4 Carlton Gardens, in central London.

Sarkozy and Cameron then attended a ceremony with 1,600 guests at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, where de Gaulle's appeal was read out by a pupil from the French lycee in London, World War Two veterans were honoured and a Resistance chant was sung.

"I consider myself the greatest Gaullist," said Jacques Drabier, 88, who after hearing of de Gaulle's appeal as an 18-year-old left France on a tuna fishing boat and joined what would become the Free French in London on July 21, 1940.

Drabier became a fighter pilot, flying combat missions over Italy, the Atlantic and Germany later in the war. Sarkozy awarded him the Legion d'Honneur at the Royal Chelsea ceremony, alongside two other French and three British veterans.

"I am very proud to receive the Legion d'Honneur, which I will accept in the name of all my comrades who died on the battlefield," Drabier told Reuters just before the ceremony, wiping tears away as he spoke.

"FLAME OF RESISTANCE"

De Gaulle's radio appeal was the founding act of the French Resistance to the Nazis during World War Two, although few people heard it at the time and no recording of it has survived.

He argued that, even though mainland France was mostly under occupation, French soldiers could continue the fight using the country's colonies as a base or by joining forces with Britain.

"Whatever happens, the flame of French resistance must not be extinguished and it will not be extinguished," he said.

Cameron, whose Conservative Party has a history of tense relations with Britain's European Union partners, seized the opportunity to celebrate Franco-British friendship.
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Great celebration that should be remembered!
 
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Old 06-18-2010, 12:08 PM
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Les Français parlent aux Français - Roosevelt en français sur Radio-Londres (1942)

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The US President Roosevelt on the BBC talking to the French people, France occupied.

My grand mother went 6 months in jail for listening the BBC French resistance messages, which was forbidden by the French collaborators and occupying German force.
 
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Old 06-18-2010, 12:23 PM
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LE CHANT DES PARTISANS

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This song is the symbolism of the French Resistance, what you see on the French flag is the Cross of Lorraine whish is the mark of the Resistance.
Here is the traduction of the song http://www.swans.com/library/art11/xxx112.html

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The French Resistance: The Silent Heroes of WWII
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An interesting documentary
 
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If you like the history here is 5 documentaries

Lost Evidence: "Liberation of Paris" 1/5
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Lost Evidence: "Liberation of Paris" 2/5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eplhhBbjA9

Lost Evidence: "Liberation of Paris" 3/5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyFm4_lqX7o

Lost Evidence: "Liberation of Paris" 4/5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nkBHQJJht0

Lost Evidence: "Liberation of Paris" 5/5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-svuXJz9Ac
 
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