French President Nicolas Sarkozy was in London on Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle's impassioned BBC radio appeal to his compatriots to resist the Nazi occupation of France.
A Eurostar train was decorated to honour the anniversary of General Charles de Gaulle's historic address to French people willing them rise up against their Nazi occupiers. © AFP
A commemorative plaque marks where de Gaulle organised and drilled French soldiers in exile. Today the building is occupied by a law firm. © AFP
French President Nicolas Sarkozy laid a flower wreath at the foot of de Gaulle’s statue in Carlton Gardens, London. © France 24
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.
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.
“Whatever happens, the flame of French resistance must not be extinguished and it will not be extinguished,” he said.
Date created : 2010-06-18