Looking back at the rise of the French Resistance

This week, we're following in the unmistakable stride of Charles de Gaulle, as we mark 80 years since his June 18 Appeal to join the Free French Forces against Nazi occupation. Of course, it was actually from London, on the BBC airwaves, that the General launched his call to action, just four days after victorious German troops paraded down Paris's Champs-Élysées. But while the date is forever ingrained in France's collective memory for its historic significance, the truth is that it didn't immediately play out as the founding moment of the French Resistance.

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