• Short Summary

    Throughout the French-speaking world the 18th June is a day which commemorates the call for resistance against Nazi occupation, and in Dahomey a special 30th anniversary ceremony of remembrance, to those who "fell" in the cause, took place in the capital Cotonou.

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    Throughout the French-speaking world the 18th June is a day which commemorates the call for resistance against Nazi occupation, and in Dahomey a special 30th anniversary ceremony of remembrance, to those who "fell" in the cause, took place in the capital Cotonou.

    Civic and national dignitaries of Dahomey attended a military parade and wreath-laying ceremony to mark the occasion.

    It was on the 18th June 1940 that General de Gaulle of France made an historic broadcast from the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) in London. Speaking to all frenchmen throughout the world, he called on them to continue the fight for a free France. France had just been occupied by Nazi troops, but General de Gaulle was quick to declare that while it meant a lost battle it should not mean a lost war. His exhortations for resistance to Nazism met with a renewed response, and countries such as Dahomey, which had been French territory since 1904, have remembered the day officially ever since.

    Officials at this year's ceremony in Cotonou laid wreaths at the city's war memorial before speaking to old soldiers and watching a march past of troops.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2PT8Q5WELZOD5BHZN867SBG8W
    Media URN:
    VLVA2PT8Q5WELZOD5BHZN867SBG8W
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/06/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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