MARIGOT: Last Friday, the call of June 18th, 1940 of General De Gaulle was commemorated during a ceremony organized at the Monument aux Morts located in the gardens of the Collectivity.
Refusing defeat and the prospect of an armistice with Nazi Germany, General de Gaulle went to England on June 17th, 1940 to continue the fight. With the support of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, General de Gaulle launched an appeal to the French population on June 18th, 1940, on the BBC. This appeal, of which very few traces remain, is considered the founding act of Free France.
In this context, a ceremony took place in front of the War Memorial in the Gardens of the Collectivity, in the presence of the Prefect, Serge Gouteyron, the President, Daniel Gibbs, military and civil authorities and the Association of Veterans of Saint-Martin.
On this occasion, the pupils of the CM1 and CM2 classes of the Lamartine school sang the Marseillaise and the fighters’ song.