Disinfo: France was the perfect Nazi friend

Summary

Everyone was aware of the level of French cooperation with the Nazi enemy during the war, and that French brigades fought alongside the Germans. French officials treated these groups with kindness. Most of the country was cooperative (with the Nazis).

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism of the WWII events.

France (in addition to Britain), standing by their guarantee of Poland's border, had declared war on Nazi Germany on September 3, 1939, being the first countries to do so, taking such a decision two days after the invasion of Poland. France surrendered in June 1940, with up to 100,000 soldiers killed.

Following the D-Day landings in Normandy, when French Resistance members and Allied troops overthrew the Vichy occupation, establishing a provisional government that would usher in France's Fourth Republic. Trials against members of the Vichy regime continued in France up until the 1990s.

Read other examples of Russian historical revisionism concerning the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact here and concerning Poland here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 186
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Germany, France
  • Keywords: Historical revisionism, WWII, Adolf Hitler, Nazi/Fascist
  • Outlet: رحلة في الذاكرة @ RT AR [13:50 - 14:15]
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If it was not for Stalin, France wouldn’t be one of the great nations

France acquired an occupation zone in Germany (during the post-World War period) thanks to Joseph Stalin, Leader of the Soviet Union. If Stalin had said no, (US President Franklin) Roosevelt, and (Britain PM Winston) Churchill would not have dared to add Charles de Gaulle and France to the circle of the great nations.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism of the WWII events.

After heavy shelling and bombing, Warsaw surrendered to the Germans on September 27, 1939. Britain and France, standing by their guarantee of Poland's border, had declared war on Germany on September 3, 1939, being the first countries to do so, taking such a decision two days after the invasion of Poland.

In tandem, Obama and Soros were provoking colour revolutions around the world

The tandem of Obama and Soros were conveyors of colour revolutions and terrorist regimes. They created a caste of the untouchable, who sought to extend their power to the whole world. Everywhere Soros came, clones of American elites appeared: Hollywood decorative politicians and presidents like Poroshenko, small-town utopias of caricatured democracy and false pseudo-patriotic values.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory advancing pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about George Soros. See related disinformation claims alleging that George Soros was behind the public protests in GeorgiaUkraineCzech RepublicVenezuelaBulgariaArmenia and Slovakia.

Similar narratives also claim that Soros’ offices around the world are tools of civil revolutions, that the Prime Minister of Armenia is destroying the country's statehood in line with Soros program, and that Soros been linked to the identity of the anonymous whistleblower of Ukrainegate.

The granting of autocephaly to Ukraine was an unlawful ‘démarche’ by Patriarch Bartholomew

The hierarchs (at a meeting in Amman) responded to the démarche of Patriarch Bartholomew, his granting of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. This flagrant violation of canons and church law laid the foundation for a conflict dangerous for the Orthodox world.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about autocephaly and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets frequently attack the establishment of an autocephalous Ukrainian church.

Autocephaly was granted to the Ukrainian church by the Constantinople patriarchy. The final decision was made in January 2019, when all members of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate signed off the Tomos of autocephaly. The signing of the Tomos happened after months of careful preparations and considerations by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Holy Synod. In October 2018, the Holy Synod decided to revoke the letter of 1686 by which it gave the right to the Moscow patriarchy "to consecrate the ecclesiastical subordinates of Constantinople in Kyiv Metropolitanate, interpreted by the Russian Church as its transfer to Moscow."