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Free French

 

(La France Libre), until July 1942, the official name of the World War II movement under General C. de Gaulle; its goal was the liberation of France from the fascist German invaders and their minions. In July 1942, as the anti-Hitlerite struggle gained momentum, the Free French took the name “Fighting French” (La France Combattante). The headquarters of the Free French was in London.

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Caption: The Lend Lease Program provided the Free French with large numbers of surplus U.S.
As the nation collapsed and the Nazis marched on the capital, de Gaulle and a clique of loyal officers flew to London with a large amount of cash and slowly established a patchwork Free French government in exile.
Likewise, the Free French sailors sailed in borrowed Allied vessels.
This tribute to the official leader of the Free French movement, who kept the bond between Britain and France alive in the early 1940s, when Nazi Germany menaced Europe and the British Isles, was largely ignored by the British government, media, and general public.
Lifar leapt at the chance to save French honor and French art, even as the Free French in London, unfairly in his view, denounced him as a traitor.
In 1942 he joined the Free French Forces and landed in France for the first time in 1944.
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THE story of Fortnum, the Free French squirrel, continues thanks to Hudders-field's Local Studies Library.
Lingotot are running free French taster classes for children and their parents.
General Charles de Gaulle, leader of the Free French, said in a broadcast to the nation: "I wish simply from the bottom of my heart to say to you: Vive Paris!" After the surrender, American and Senegalese troops marched triumphantly down the Champs Elysee to ecstatic cheers.
Prince Charles and the president laid wreaths at the statue of the General in Carlton Gardens - near the office once used as the headquarters of the Free French. The Prince's wreath said: "In special memory of Franco-British solidarity 70 years ago."