Can the appeal of June 18 be reconstituted?

On June 18, 1940, General de Gaulle gave one of the greatest speeches in the history of France at the BBC microphone. “Whatever happens, the flame of the French resistance must not be extinguished and will not be extinguished! » Erected as a founding act of the resistance by de Gaulle himself, the June 18 appeal is today at the heart of French history and memory of the Second World War. However, of the call of June 18, there is no film or audio recording.

What did General de Gaulle’s call look like? What could the French women and men who picked it up that day hear?

Supervised by historians and ethics researchers, The world tried to get closer to what this discourse could have been thanks to historical documentation, a tailor-made interpretation by actor and director François Morel and new voice synthesis technologies, assisted by artificial intelligence.

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A collaboration between The worldthe Acoustic/Music Research and Coordination Institute (Ircam) and the technology company Ircam Amplify.

Synthesized voice: Ircam Amplify/Sound Analysis and Synthesis Team – STMS Laboratory (IRCAM, CNRS, Sorbonne University, Ministry of Culture). With the support of the National Research Agency within the framework of TheVoice and ARS projects.

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