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De Gaulle, l'éclat et le secret
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De Gaulle, l'éclat et le secret

6-episode mini-series. Witness nearly three decades of the public, but also private, life of Charles de Gaulle in this historical drama.

Who was Charles de Gaulle? What drove and inspired the man who devoted his life to his country? What was he like in private? What role did his wife Yvonne play? The portrait of a figure who, until now, has remained discreetly hidden behind his status of national hero.

Episodes

Episode
1
La solitude
Episode 1: Solitude

June 1940. In London De Gaulle negotiates with Churchill to unify the two countries. But, an ultimate betrayal for the general, France asks for an armistice and Pétain takes power. 18 June, he broadcasts a radio appeal to continue the combat. 3 July, the Royal Navy attacks the French fleet...

Directed by: François Velle (France, 2020)
Screenplay: Patrice Duhamel, Jacques Santamaria
Episode
2
Tous les combats du monde
Episode 2: All the world's battles

September 1940. In Dakar, Pétain's French fleet machine-guns the Free French Forces. Additional suffering for De Gaulle, beset by doubts. All the more so as he is increasingly opposed to Churchill and has to face the hostility of Roosevelt. Spring 1943, the general and his family move to Algiers.

Directed by: François Velle (France, 2020)
Screenplay: Patrice Duhamel, Jacques Santamaria
Episode
3
Liberté, liberté chérie
Episode 3: Liberty, dear liberty

August 1944. Paris is liberated but the wounds are deep. On her return from deportation, Geneviève, the general's niece, recounts the Nazi horrors. A provisional government is established, led by De Gaulle. The time has come for reconstruction. January 1946. Refusing to play party politics, De Gaulle leaves power...

Directed by: François Velle (France, 2020)
Screenplay: Patrice Duhamel, Jacques Santamaria
Episode
4
Premier des Français
Episode 4: Leader of the French

May 1958. With the Algerian crisis, France is on the verge of civil war. President Coty calls on De Gaulle. The 5th Republic is born. He enters the Élysée Palace in January 1959, but Algeria remains a burning question. 1965. Will De Gaulle stand for the presidential election in December?

Directed by: François Velle (France, 2020)
Screenplay: Patrice Duhamel, Jacques Santamaria