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April In Paris

By Michael Wallner

April In Paris
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  • Hardcover: May 2007,
    248 pages.
    Paperback: Apr 2008,
    256 pages.

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A short history of the French Resistance
France capitulated to Germany on June 25 1940 and was divided into three key zones: A German occupation zone in the north and west, a small Italian occupation zone in the southeast and unoccupied collaborationist "Vichy France" in the south (map). The French Army was disbanded except for a small force to keep domestic peace, and the French government agreed to stop members of its armed forces leaving the country and to instruct its citizens not to resist.

Despite this, some members of the French Army, led by General Charles De Gaulle, escaped to England, from where he gave his famous speech on June 18th ...

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