End of Empire100 days in 1945 that changed Asia and the world.

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  • De Gaulle bluntly reaffirms French position in Indochina

    24 August 1945. Addressing a press conference in Washington, D.C., the French president ignores a personal appeal sent to him days earlier from Emperor Bao Dai, which warned France to abandon its Indochinese ambitions. Rather, says De Gaulle in a call from ‘the Mother Country addressed to her children’, the French position is simple; ‘France means to recover its sovereignty over Indochina.’

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