Charles de Gaulle debate a success at French Residence
Seventy-six years ago, on 18 June 1940, Charles de Gaulle made one of the most famous speeches in history, addressing the French people from London via BBC News, urging them to resist Nazi occupation and reminding them they had Britain’s support
On 20 June 2016, experts on this enigmatic figure of French and European history gathered at the French Residence in London for a fascinating debate introduced by the Ambassador and organized with the Fondation Charles de Gaulle.
Speakers included Jacques Godfrain, Chairman of the Fondation Charles de Gaulle, Vernon Bogdanor, research professor at the Institute for Contemporary British History at King’s College London, Robert Tombs, professor at the University of Cambridge, and Julian Jackson, professor of modern French history at Queen Mary University of London.
The experts each gave their personal and acute perspectives on Charles de Gaulle’s legacy, discussing his roles both as Free French leader and as statesman. Jonathan Lynn, playwright, producer and director, was prevented at the last minute to travel from New-York but his speech was read to the audience – he explained why de Gaulle was one of his guiding figures, to such an extent that he wrote a play named the Patriotic Traitor featuring the founder of the Vth Republic and the Maréchal Pétain.
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