'THE DUTY OF RESISTANCE'
Charles de Gaulle
THE SPEECHES OF GENERAL DE GAULLE p. 2.
Frenchmen must now be fully aware that all ordinary forms of authority have disappeared.
Faced by the bewilderment of my countrymen, by the disintegration of a government in thrall to the enemy, by the fact that the institutions of my country are incapable, at the moment, of functioning, I, General de Gaulle, a French soldier and military leader, realize that I now speak for France.
In the name of France, I make the following solemn declaration:
It is the bounden duty of all Frenchmen who still bear arms to continue the struggle. For them to lay down their arms, to evacuate any position of military importance, or agree to hand over any part of French territory, however small, to enemy control, would be a crime against our country. For the moment I refer particularly to French North Africa— to the integrity of French North Africa.
The Italian armistice is nothing but a clumsy trap. In the Africa of Clauzel, Bugeaud, Lyautey, and Nogučs, honour and duty strictly enjoin that the French should refuse to carry out the conditions imposed by the enemy.
The thought that the panic of Bordeaux could make itself felt across the sea is not to be borne.
Soldiers of France, wherever you may be, arise!