French National Committee
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The French National Committee (French: Comité national français, CNF) was the coordinating body created by General Charles de Gaulle which acted as the government in exile of Free France from 1941 to 1943. The committee was the successor of the smaller Empire Defense Council.[full citation needed]
|French National Committee|
committee of Free France
|Date formed||24 September 1941|
|Date dissolved||3 June 1943|
|People and organisations|
|CNFL President||Charles de Gaulle|
|Deputy head of government||René Pleven|
|Status in legislature||none|
|Opposition cabinet||Government of Vichy France|
|Opposition party||French State|
|Opposition leader||Philippe Pétain|
|Predecessor||Empire Defense Council|
|Successor||French Committee of National Liberation|
It was Winston Churchill who suggested that de Gaulle create a committee, in order to lend an appearance of more constitutionally based and less dictatorial authority. According to historian Henri Bernard, De Gaulle went on to accept his proposal, but took care to exclude all his adversaries within the Free France movement, such as Émile Muselier, André Labarthe and others, retaining only "yes men" in the group.
The CNF was founded 24 September 1941 by an edict signed by General de Gaulle]] in London. The committee remained active until 3 June 1943, when it merged with the civilian and military forces in North Africa [fr] headed by Henri Giraud, becoming the new French Committee of National Liberation.
The French National Committee comprised six civilian and six military personnel:
- Brigadier General Charles de Gaulle, President;
- René Pleven, Commissioner of Economy, Finance and the Colonies. In charge of the coordination of civilian administrative departments ;
- Major General Paul Legentilhomme, Commissioner of War;
- Maurice Dejean [fr], Commissioner of Foreign Affairs until October 18, 1942 (dismissal), interim replacement by Pleven and then by René Massigli;
- René Cassin, Commissioner of Justice and Public Instruction;
- André Diethelm, Commissioner for Action in the Metropolis, Work, and Information;
- André Philip, Commissioner of the Interior from 27;
- Jacques Soustelle, Commissioner of Information from July 27, 1942;
- Air Brigade General Martial Valin, Commissioner of the Air Force;
- Vice-Admiral Émile Muselier, Commissioner of the Navy and the Merchant Navy, until March 3, 1942 (resignation); replaced by Rear Admiral Philippe Auboyneau from 4;
- Lieutenant General Georges Catroux, commissioner at large from March 4, 1942;
- Rear Admiral Georges Thierry d'Argenlieu, commissioner at large from March 4, 1942.
On 20 March 1943, the committee secretly appointed Jean Moulin, then in London, as representative of the French National Committee in Metropolitan France and "national commissioner on active duty"[a] and put him in charge of creating a single coordinating body for the French Resistance. According to Daniel Cordier [fr], "Jean Moulin was then becoming one of the main characters of the French internal Resistance.
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- Foreign policy of Charles de Gaulle
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- Free French Africa
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- List of French possessions and colonies
- List of Governors-General of French Equatorial Africa
- Military history of France during World War II
- Philippe Pétain
- Provisional Government of the French Republic
- Vichy France
- Vichy French Air Force
- Zone libre
- National commissioner on active duty: in French: "commissaire national en mission".
- Bernard, Henri (1984) [1st pub: Collins (1981)]. "Kersaudy (François). Churchill and de Gaulle [compte-rendu]". Revue belge de philologie et d'histoire (book review) (in French). 62 (2). Retrieved 23 July 2020.
- Cordier, Daniel (27 May 2014) [1st pub: Gallimard (1999)]. Jean Moulin - La République des catacombes [Jean Moulin - The Republic of the Catacombs] (in French). ISBN 978-2-07-255962-4. OCLC 751486421.
- Cornil, Sylvain (16 February 2009). "Les institutions de la France Libre" [Institutions of Free France]. La Fondation de la France Libre. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
- Journal officiel de la France libre [Official Journal of Free France].[full citation needed]
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