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Bri­tan­nique ins­tal­lé en Corrèze, Mark Preece pro­pose cette chro­nique à tous les amou­reux de la langue de Sha­kes­peare.

« These fa­mous words were pro­noun­ced via the BBC as a co­ded mes­sage to an­nounce D­day in 1944. Just un­der four years ear­lier, one of the most fa­mous mo­ments in France’s his­to­ry, took place at the same BBC. The text that was to be pro­noun­ced, was ty­ped by an unk­nown wo­man, Éli­sa­beth de Mi­ri­bel, who had to make out the scrat­chy, poor­ly hand­writ­ten ma­nus­cript, contai­ning a great deal of cros­sings out, in or­der to pro­duce what she said, in her own words, would “consti­tute a page in his­to­ry”. Who was Éli­sa­beth de Mi­ri­bel ? Well, she was the great grand­daugh­ter of France’s third pre­sident, Pa­trice de Mac Ma­hon, who was him­self a des­cen­dant of an Irish fa­mi­ly that fled to France du­ring the time of Bon­nie Prince Char­lie. But I di­gress, let’s get back to Liz­zy. At the out­break of the war in ‘39, she was, af­ter vo­lun­tee­ring, pos­ted to Lon­don and when the French ar­mis­tice was si­gned, de­ci­ded not to re­turn home but to conti­nue the fight from the Bri­tish ca­pi­tal. It was at this mo­ment that she was ur­ged by the Ge­ne­ral De Gaulle’s Ai­dede­camp, to type the fa­mous “Ap­pel du 18 Juin”. The speech was re­cor­ded at 6pm and ai­red at 10pm. It was in the newspapers the ve­ry next day. Ho­we­ver, some mys­te­ry sur­rounds the mes­sage, as what was pre­ser­ved, and that we can hear to­day, is the re­cor­ding made on the 22nd of June. As she had ta­ken this crash course in ty­ping, Liz stayed on as De Gaulle’s se­cre­ta­ry, was la­ter confi­ded a mis­sion to Ca­na­da and went on to be a war cor­res­pondent and co­ve­red the Li­be­ra­tion of Pa­ris with Ge­ne­ral Le­clerc af­ter win­ning a bet, (so the legend goes). A few years af­ter the war, she en­te­red the or­der of the Car­me­lites, but af­ter 5 years, left on health grounds. Sub­se­quent­ly she joi­ned the French Di­plo­ma­tic corps. A great ca­reer for the la­dy that put in to form a text that was the star­ting point of the French Re­sis­tance. This speech has been ce­le­bra­ted ever since, by the Ge­ne­ral him­self, du­ring his ca­reer and life, and since the 18th of June 2005, it has been ack­now­led­ged as a world he­ri­tage by Unes­co. The Aide­de­camp to De Gaulle at the time was a man cal­led Geof­froy Cho­dron de Cour­cel who just hap­pens to be the first cou­sin to Mrs. Ber­na­dette Chi­rac. Just think if they had re­cor­ded a mes­sage it could have star­ted “Here, it’s the Corrèze ! »

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