Mysteries from the Archives1970: De Gaulle's Funeral

27 min

Available until 08/10/2024

On November 10, 1970, the President of the Republic, Georges Pompidou, with a trembling voice, announced on the 1 o'clock news: "French men and women, General de Gaulle has died. France is widowed!" Two days later, a national tribute at Notre-Dame Cathedral, attended by 6,000 people including heads of state and representatives from eighty countries, was watched on television by 300 million viewers around the world. On the same day, private funeral services were held in Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, in accordance with Charles de Gaulle's last wishes, while that evening, his brothers-in-arms marched up the Champs-Élysées towards the Arc de Triomphe in memory of the former resistance fighter. What secrets lie behind these three distinct events? How did foreign media, accustomed to more elaborate ceremonies for the funeral of such a towering figure, perceive these services?

Director

Serge Viallet

Country

France

Year

2021

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