A Brave and Modest Nation

Tom tomwhore@slack.net
Sat, 27 Apr 2002 13:14:13 -0400 (EDT)


On Sat, 27 Apr 2002, Owen Byrne wrote:

--]As I see it, the French at least resisted the oppressor in WWII.

Yea, starting with Daladier and the Munich Pact and then thru the Vichy
setup? The Gaul had to sit it out in London and wait to ride in on the
coat tails of the invasion/liberation forces and even then things were
slow going. The real shame was  not that there was no frecnh Resistence,
there was and those folks paid the price for a nation, but that it was so
freaking SMALL.

Also, the numbers of the Resistence may not been mainly french citiznes,
instead there are many reports of the resitence being made up of Polish
and Romainian Jews who were fleeing the nazi's sweep of the globe and
wound up in france. Also a number of Communists were joining in on Le
Resistance butof course after the war who wanted to talk about commies
heling you fight nazis?  There was a film done back in '83 called "Des
terroristes ` la retraite " (imdb has it but with very little info  that
went into this and of course was not very welcome in France.

By the time the Fourth Republic was granted nationhood again in '46 media
spins by the victors had pumped up the "french" resistance nicely for its
own means.