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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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A New France?

A New France?

(p.570) 24 A New France?
France: The Dark Years, 1940–1944

Julian Jackson

Oxford University Press

This chapter details the events following de Gaulle’s triumphal procession down the Champs Élysées on 26 August 1944. It argues that the Liberation was an intense experience of national communion at a moment when French national territory had never been more fragmented. The Liberation was a rite of passage between the old regime and the new, an unreal moment suspended between past and future. The Resistance looked to a political and moral regeneration of France; the mass of the population wanted food and a return to peace; de Gaulle wanted order and France’s re-entry into the war before it was too late.

Keywords:   France, liberation, de Gaulle, Resistance movement

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