August 17, 2011

De Gaulle part 3

In an age where the Gaullist myth has been debunked, it is simply incredible that the Musée de l'Armée commissioned a film with such subjectivity and a lack of historical context. The question, of course, would be whether the huge number of French people who visit the museum approve of the film–I didn't notice anyone else shaking their heads. In any case, it is clear that the myths of two great French leaders–Napoleon and de Gaulle–are preserved for posterity at the Invalides.

*According to the website of the 'Fondation Charles de Gaulle', around 800,000 foreigners visit the Invalides each year, of which many will inevitably speak English. See

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  1. Notes on this blog:
    Pierre Laboire, Le chagrin et le venin: La France sous l’Occupation, mémoire et idées reçues (Paris: Bayard, 2011)
    Robert O. Paxton, Vichy France 1940-1944: Old Guard and New Order (New York: Columbia University Press, 2001)
    Henry Rousso, Le syndrome de Vichy de 1940 à nos jours (Paris: Seuil, 1987)
    Le Chagrin et la Pitié (dir: Marcel Olphuls, 1969)
    Biographical film on de Gaulle at the Invalides, dir: Olivier Brunet, 2008
    Newsreel on Pétain’s birthday available at INA (l’Institut National de l’Audiovisuel), consulted August 2011

    17 Aug 2011, 11:51

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