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Long live Free France: former Resistance members remember de Gaulle's call to arms

France and the United Kingdom have marked the 70th anniversary of General Charles de Gaulle's radio address to the French people. In 1940, he called on his fellow citizens to resist Nazi Germany's occupation. It's one of the most iconic speeches in French history; while no recording was made of the original, it's credited with channelling the energies of those who refused to cave in to the power of Hitler's armies. We met two Frenchmen who were so inspired by it that they joined up days later.

By Sylvain ROUSSEAU

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