The Falling Out
Paris! Paris outraged! Paris broken! Paris martyrized! But Paris liberated! Liberated by itself, liberated by its people with the help of the armies of France, with the support and the help of the whole of France, of France that is fighting, of France alone, of true France, of eternal France.
Charles de Gaulle, at the time of the liberation of Paris1
He is very touchy about the honor of France but I think he is essentially selfish.
Franklin D. Roosevelt on Charles de Gaulle2
There is such a thing as gratitude. De Gaulle obviously is not aware of it.
Shreveport Times, June 12, 19443
The first of the quotations given above was included in a review of the translation of the first volume of the biography De Gaulle by Jean Lacouture. The author of the review, Stephen E. Ambrose, commented as follows on this quotation: "Not one word in the last sentence was true, but through these words de Gaulle gave back to France not only her honor but her Soul." 4
Literally speaking, however, there was some truth in de Gaulle's words. At the moment of his address, August 25, 1944, there were not many Anglo-Saxon troops in Paris. The city was liberated for the most part by French forces. This