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France: The Dark Years,
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Julian Jackson

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207061

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207061.001.0001

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The Free French 1940–1942

The Free French 1940–1942

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France: The Dark Years, 1940–1944

Julian Jackson

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the origins and emergence of de Gaulle’s Free French movement in London. De Gaulle’s first speech was addressed less to the people of France than to French citizens outside or prepared to leave France. From the beginning, however, he was aware of the importance of propaganda within France itself. The radio was his most powerful weapon. The Free French had five minutes on the BBC every evening In addition to the Free French radio slot, there were also the French broadcasts of the BBC which increased from two and a half hours daily in 1940 to five hours in 1942.

Keywords:   de Gaulle, France, Churchill, German occupation, Free French movement

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