President de Gaulle inaugurated a new memorial to the French Resistance, at the Mont Valerien fort, Paris, June 18, as France observed the 20th anniversary of the General's historic broadcast from London in 1940.
TGV Resistance memorial.
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LV De Gaulle up steps to memorial.
LV De Gaulle lights flame of remembrance.
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SCU General de Gaulle meets widows of Resistance members.
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Background: President de Gaulle inaugurated a new memorial to the French Resistance, at the Mont Valerien fort, Paris, June 18, as France observed the 20th anniversary of the General's historic broadcast from London in 1940.
Watched by high-ranking officers, leading personalities of public life, former resistance fighters and relatives of those killed in the last war, President de Gaulle lit a flame of remembrance, with a torched kindled at the Arc de Triomphe memorial of France's Unknown Warrior in Paris. Then he stepped back and stood for a minute in silent salute, at the foot of a huge stone replica of the Cross of Lorraine.
Later the General spoke to members of the Free France movement, shook the hands of old war-time friends and had a personal word for many of the women who lost their husbands in the fight for the liberation of France.
Anniversary celebrations were less solemn and peaceful in Oran, Algeria, where several hundred demonstrators, mostly ex-servicemen, shouted slogans hostile to General de Gaulle. Their shouts drowned the voice of the perfect as he was reading the text of the 1940 broadcast. Opposition to the French President has been growing rapidly since his latest offer of cease-fire talks in Paris with FLN leaders.