Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ENCORE!

The highs and lows of Cannes for the critics

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Remembering our friend and colleague Jean Karim Fall

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Bad diplomacy, brawls & bromance

Read more

ENCORE!

Cannes 2017: Pitch Perfect's Brittany Snow becomes an urban warrior

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

US President wraps up world tour in Italy (Part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

US President wraps up world tour in Italy (Part 2)

Read more

FOCUS

The battle against illegal fishing in West Africa

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Trump has already quit the Paris climate deal - just not publicly

Read more

#TECH 24

The Ice Memory Project: A treasure trove for future scientists

Read more

France

Interactive: Relive the Liberation of Paris in WWII

© AFP - French soldiers stand behind a barricade in a Paris street, August 1944.

Latest update : 2014-08-20

The French capital fell to the Nazis in 1940. Four years later, Parisians, led by the French Resistance, rose up against the German occupiers. FRANCE 24 takes you back to August 1944 and the Liberation.

The pivotal uprising of the Resistance against Nazi control of Paris started on August 19, 1944, in coordination with the regular Free French army which arrived a few days later.

More than 500 civilians and some 1,000 members of the French Forces of the Interior (FFI, which grouped together the country’s various resistance movements) died during the week-long revolt.

Around 100 regular French soldiers of General Philippe Leclerc’s Free French 2nd Armoured Division, which had fought its to Paris from Normandy with the Allies, also lost their lives.

Dotted around the capital are some 200 commemorative plaques marking where participants in the Liberation died during that historic week.

FRANCE 24 tells the story of ten of these fallen heroes who died to free Paris.

Click on the image below to access our interactive map.
 

 

Date created : 2014-08-20

  • FRANCE

    WWII anniversary highlights best - and worst - of Paris police

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Paris’s Bastille Day fireworks ‘a homage to victims’ of WWI

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    France commemorates WWI centenary on Bastille Day

    Read more

COMMENT(S)