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bib3by Robert Gildea (Faber & Faber, £20) The Resistance movement is at the very heart of France’s national identity. The story is familiar: General Charles de Gaulle, transmitting by radio from London into occupied France, kept the flame of Free France alive, sending agents in by parachute to fight the occupying Nazis. Like all of the most enduring myths, it has the advantage of being partly true. But as this new history reveals, the myth ignores much, offering only the narrowest picture of a complex collection of groups, few of which felt any…

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