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June 18, 1940: an appeal against renunciation


BIG STORY - On June 18, General de Gaulle addresses the French from London. Story of the founding act of the Resistance.

June 17 and 18, 1940, will mark with a terrible and glorious light the history of France for the coming century.

Everything will happen via the radio.

While Marshal Pétain, appointed on the 16th in the evening at the head of the government by President Lebrun, asked the next day to cease the fighting, General de Gaulle went to London the same day and delivered, on the 18th, the famous speech which will make him enter the legend.

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Pétain, a supporter with General Weygand of putting an end to the fighting, said on the air that he had asked the Germans for the conditions of the armistice.

It is with a heavy heart that I am telling you today that the fight must be stopped.

This night I spoke to the adversary to ask him if he is ready to seek with us, among soldiers, after the fight and in honor, the means of putting an end to hostilities

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The same day, Churchill, despite the divisions in his cabinet, made the choice

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Source: lefigaro

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