Charles de Gaulle

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Liberation of Paris

Posted on August 26 by Ray Argyle

Among all the cities of Europe that fell under the Nazi boot in the Second World War, the loss of Paris touched a raw nerve among those who fought the German war machine.

Paris was no Stalingrad, fought over from house to house, nor was it the victim, like London, of merciless aerial attack. It stood as a symbol of culture and freedom — of what had been lost to the Nazis and what must be regained for the world.

When Paris fell to the Germans on June 10, 1940, it truly seemed as if, in the words of an earlier British foreign minister, the lights had gone out all over Europe.

My aim with The Paris Game is to give readers a dramatic and intimate accounting of how an obscure general saved the honour of France in the Second World War, and how a restored France went on to reinvent itself as a leader in the modern world.

The sub-title tells the story: Charles de Gaulle, the Liberation of Paris, and the Gamble That Won France.