The British government has recognised de Gaulle, but apparently in some equivocal manner, i.e. it has not stated that it will not recognise the Pétain government.
One very hopeful thing is that the press is on our side and retains its independence. . . . But contained in this is the difficulty that the “freedom” of the press really means that it depends on vested interests and largely (through its advertisements) on the luxury trades. Newspapers which would resist direct treachery can’t take a strong line about cutting down luxuries when they live by advertising chocolates and silk stockings.
 Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) was at this time leader of the Free French and the inspiration for continuing French resistance to Germany after the fall of France. His national pride, coupled with the humiliation he felt for France’s collapse and his determination to free his country, made it difficult at times for the Allies to work with him. After the war, he was interim President 1945-46. He returned to power in 1958 as a result of the crisis in Algeria, and, as architect and President of the Fifth Republic, 1959-69, maintained France’s military and strategic independence. Peter Davison