Institutions and values
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Liberation of Paris
On the 25th of August each year, Paris commemorates its Liberation from the Nazi occupation. This major event in the Liberation of France marked a ... crucial stage in the series of battles that would put an end to the Second World War.
Armistice of 11 November 1918
The armistice of 11 November 1918 marked Germany's surrender and the end of the First World War. The 11th of November became a day of remembrance ... to pay tribute to the soldiers who died.
Victory of the 8th of May 1945
This day marks the anniversary of the end of Second World War in Western Europe. On the 8th of May 1945, in Berlin, the High Command of the Third ... Reich's German army signed an unconditional act of surrender.
The Appeal of 18 June
June 1940. Refusing to accept France's capitulation in the face of the Nazi invaders, General de Gaulle made his way to London to continue the ... fight. On 18 June, he made his appeal to the French Résistance over the airwaves of the BBC, an act that founded Free France. Thanks to the rallying of part of the French colonial empire, he was able to create the Free French Forces and stand alongside the Allies.
Secularism and religious freedom
A fundamental value and essential principle of the Republic, secularism is a French invention. A legacy of the Revolution, it experienced 3 major ... periods before becoming part of the constitution in the 20th century and being exported to other countries.