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De Gaulle and France
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This program is a portrait of de Gaulle as a person and a figure of great historical significance. This documentary combines rare archival footage and candid interviews with men and women whose lives intersected that of the great military officer, politician, statesman, orator and chronicler of history. The three-hour program is divided into the following hour long segments: Hour One: "A Vision of France" - traces the personal odyssey that led de Gaulle to devote his life to "la gloire de la France" (the glory of France) including his heroic call for resistance to the Nazis, his triumphant role in the liberation of Paris in 1944 and his shocking resignation after only 16 months as president. Hour Two: "Return of the General" - begins with the years de Gaulle spent out of the political arena and examines his return to power as France was sinking into civil war over the question of freeing its colonies in Africa, his controversial resolution of the Algerian War, and his work to reshape France into a new, more modern nation. Hour Three: "Challenging the World" - focuses on de Gaulle's years as a "republican monarch," when he devoted himself to promoting his vision of France as a major player on the world stage.



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