The call of June 18th is the first speech given by General de Gaulle to London radio broadcast on the BBC, June 18, 1940. This is a call to arms in which he called not stop the fight against Nazi Germany and he predicted globalization of war. This speech, heard very little at the moment, is published in the French press the next day and is broadcast by foreign radio stations. I is considered the founder of the French Resistance text, it remains the symbol of resistance.
De Gaulle arrives in London June 17th 1940 in order to negotiate with the British allies of France, the pursuit of war. He met British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. De Gaulle explains his project to keep France in the fight. He wants to speak on the radio as soon as the government of Bordeaux has capitulated . Churchill agrees in principle and provides the BBC.
De Gaulle reads his speech on the airwaves of the BBC Broadcasting House in 18 hours, Tuesday, June 18, 1940. For de Gaulle, the Battle of France, which has been won by the Germans, does not mean the end of the war. this war is a world war and France could rely on the industrial strength of its allies and the United States. Speaking to French soldiers, this message of hope ends with a call to the "resistance", whose flame "must not be extinguished and will not be quenched"