Pétain, such a popular hero

A film by Serge de SAMPIGNY

Narrateur : Jacques GAMBLIN

ECPAD -Histodoc – Durée 90 mn

Musique originale : Pierre ESTEVE


On October 24, 1940, Philippe Pétain met Adolf Hitler in Montoire and led the French into collaboration with the Nazis. A black page in the history of France, written by a man whom many considered at the time to be a hero: the victor of Verdun. At the start of World War I, Pétain, then a colonel, was on the verge of retirement. It is in Verdun that he reveals himself. How was his legend born? Why did the marshal collaborate? Why did he choose to sweep the Republic in order to establish a new regime of which he was the absolute leader?