During World War I, 13 of France's regional departments were under German occupation. For four years, two million French citizens took their orders from Berlin. No more coal for heating, no gas or electricity for lighting... The people were starving, kept in the dark and the cold. Thousands of men and women were deported to provide forced labour. The resistance fought back, with an underground press and escape routes.
FRANCE 24 and our World War I-era specialists take a look back at the tragic hardships these unsung heroes of French history had to endure.