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FDC 80th anniversary of the EFO joining to free France 2020
After the armistice, to the consternation succeeds the will to continue the war alongside the English. The call of 18 June was not heard in French Oceania and General DE GAULLE is still unknown to the Tahitian populations.
The Martin family will welcome the first opponents to the authority of the representative of the Vichy government, Governor Fréderic CHASTENET DE GÉRY. The Governor to face the "Mamao Group" promulgated on 13rd August 1940, the law banning secret societies. The response of the "Mamao Group" is the creation of the Committee of Free France.
Under pressure from its founding members, the governor granted the organization of a referendum on Tahiti and Moorea (including for the first time that of women). They nevertheless had to guarantee the neutrality of the army, acquired from Captain Félix BROCHE, commander of the colonial infantry company of Tahiti. The movement also found armed support with the leader Etienne DAVIO, the crew members of the ship "Ville d’ Amiens" at the dock in Papeete. They are nicknamed “les bleus” because of their blue overalls.
The results of the referendum were then without appeal: 5564 votes for General DE GAULLE, 18 votes for Marshal PÉTAIN. The governor bowed to popular pressure and a provisional government was created. On September 2, 1940, French Oceania after the New Hebrides rallied in turn to free France. On September 11, a thousand Tahitians joined the ranks of free France. The Tamari'i Volontaires, commanded by Félix BROCHE, will carry the flame of the French resistance in the ranks of the glorious Pacific Battalion.
The commitment of the crew members of the ship "Ville d’ Amiens" was decisive in the rally. The ship was then requisitioned by the English and sailed in the North Atlantic, crisscrossed by the convoys, only to find a French command in September 1944. The Cities of Amiens then resumed its commercial line with New Caledonia until 1950, went cargo in 1951 before being reformed in 1953.

In these commemorations of the 80th anniversary of the French Establishments of Oceania (EFO) joining to free France, it was appropriate to recall the commitment of the women and men who showed their determination and their bravery fighting for the liberation of the mother-country

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