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AIA celebrated the anniversary of one of the most important speeches in French history today with a luncheon at le Cercle Interalliée that brought together U.S. aerospace executives and members of the Senate delegation.
Seventy-one years ago today, Charles de Gaulle gave his "Appeal of June 18" radio address from London, marking the beginnings of French Resistance to German occupation during World War II.
"Believe me, I who am speaking to you with full knowledge of the facts, and who tell you that nothing is lost for France. The same means that overcame us can bring us victory one day. For France is not alone! She is not alone! She is not alone! She has a vast Empire behind her. She can align with the British Empire that holds the sea and continues the fight. She can, like England, use without limit the immense industry of the United States. Whatever happens, the flame of the French resistance must not be extinguished and will not be extinguished.” Charles de Gaul
Noted French historian Jean-Louis Cremieu Brilhac, a World War II veteran, gave his firsthand account of the French resistance. After escaping imprisonment in Germany, Brilhac became national commissioner in London and head of propaganda, helping prepare broadcasts to occupied Europe.