Fodor's Expert Review Place du 18-Juin-1940

Montparnasse Local Interest–Sight

At the busy intersection of Rue de Rennes and Boulevard du Montparnasse, this square commemorates an impassioned radio broadcast Charles de Gaulle made from London on June 18, 1940. In it he urged the French to resist Nazi occupiers (who had invaded the month prior), thereby launching the French Resistance Movement. It was also here that German military governor Dietrich von Choltitz surrendered to the Allies in August 1944, ignoring Hitler's orders to destroy the city as he withdrew. The square (in fact, a triangle) has been restored and is now a small but proper plaza, with a bench and fountain.

Local Interest–Sight Historic District/Site

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Paris, Île-de-France  75014, France

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