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Charles de Gaulle

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At the root of our civilization, there is the freedom of each person of thought, of belief, of opinion, of work, of leisure.
A la base de notre civilisation, il y a la liberté de chacun dans sa pensée, ses croyances, ses opinions, son travail, ses loisirs.
Speech, November 25 1941.

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