De Gaulle and Franklin D. Roosevelt

  • Claude Fohlen
Part of the The World of the Roosevelts book series (WOOROO)


The relationship between Charles de Gaulle and Franklin D. Roosevelt is one of the saddest pages of Franco-American relations, which contradicts the usual cliché of a longtime friendship and has left deep scars to this day in the vision of each other’s country. Recent French anti-Americanism stems directly from the tensions raised during World War II between de Gaulle and Franklin D. Roosevelt. All historians, and some other people too, know how tense and unfriendly has been the intercourse between these two statesmen who could never come to terms one with the other and enjoyed the most unpleasant relationship among all Allies during the Second World War. To explain why it was so, it is appropriate to turn first to the mere facts, which can then lead us to interpret their misunderstanding.


French Territory French Army Longtime Friendship Deep Scar Liberate Area 
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© Cornelis A. van Minnen and John F. Sears 1992

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