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by Jack Kessler,

February 15, 2017 issue. This file presents an archive copy of the issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on February 15, 2017.

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Versions of the following have appeared online regularly, since 1992, as a feature of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which is distributed for free via email every month except August. Ejournal subscriptions may be obtained via email request to:

Here this file is one of a number made available -- hopefully attractively, all in one place, and relevant to libraries and online digital information work in France and Europe. Please email suggestions for improvements to me at




FYI France: De Gaulle online!


A very useful resource in the current time(s)-of-troubles, on both sides of La Manche, & now both sides of The Pond as well, & also even now in the China Seas, East and North: digital library materials now-online -- [If someone never has seen Charles de Gaulle en-action, it is fascinating to watch and hear... The Institut National de l'Audiovisuel / l'INA has the "tapes", now easily accessible to all & everywhere & anytime on their website, online digital-library magic -- videos of De Gaulle in all sorts of situations, some of them very famous, speeches, interviews, events, documentaries, all of them very interesting and to many in these troubled days & nights very inspiring... Charles de Gaulle was a very interesting man... -- for example,]


INA materials re. "Charles de Gaulle", alone: le général et son porte-avions, etc. --


The De Gaulle materials:

L'INA in-general: many other categories --




A Note:

This year is an election-year, in France, an important one. France elects its President -- per the "strong-President" Constitution composed by De Gaulle himself, as-amended since but only-somewhat -- just 2 months from now, on April 23 and May 7. And the Front National is running, again, and this time, increasingly as the dates for "les urnes" approach... and it looks as though the Front National may win... and so passions are running high now over all this, in France and elsewhere, and those long French memories are being searched, for examples to be applied and others to be forgotten, as always...

In the US this last exercise is prosaically labeled "fact"-checking... once, that term held the illusion of certainty, and even of truth, although now the term is tarnished with bad reputation through current competitions with "alternative-facts"... All the more reason, though, to consult what the French call l'histoire, or le vrai -- "the record", in English, "history" -- and now we have, online and readily available to all of us anywhere, De Gaulle and his speeches and ideas and immense personal bravery...

We ought to be able to do better now, then. If we examine these old records, and see how De Gaulle did it, and others like him -- also Jefferson, Madison -- perhaps we can obtain some renewed if modernized sense of what makes the issues which face us important, and of how to deal with them... at least avoiding the endless repetition of old mistakes we have made before...

Long ago there were excuses. Now there are none, The record is ours, now, no longer hidden, by distance or expense or even, in most cases anyway, by government censorship and fiat. While this last liberty remains, anyway, the data now is out-there -- at invaluable online digital library resources such as this INA online digital library -- so let us be wise enough to understand it, use it, convert the bits and bytes of mere data into truly-useful information. A better-informed world will do better, than we have before -- back when brave people like Charles De Gaulle saved us from ourselves -- or than we have more recently, as well.


Jack Kessler,




Also, an announcement, of-interest to many here: a new museum of printing at Paris, opening this year -- one apparently offering great spaces, for displaying and appreciating all those wonderful machines -- the Atelier Musée de l'Imprimerie / AMI --

> Le musée en visite au musée

> L'imprimeur Jean-Paul Maury met la dernière main à son futur musée de l'imprimerie situé à Malesherbes, dans la région parisienne. Réalisé majoritairement grâce aux fonds propres de Jean-Paul Maury, continuateur de cinq générations d'imprimeurs originaires de l'Aveyron, l'AMI (Atelier Musée de l'Imprimerie) ouvrira ses portes en 2017.

> La collection permanente est constituée pour la plus grande partie par le fonds Pozzoli, ensemble de machines à imprimer rachetées par Jean-Paul Maury et patiemment restaurées. Sur des milliers de mètres carrés, c'est donc un parcours étonnamment vivant et animé qui attend le visiteur, avec des machines en mouvements au cœur d'une scénographie attractive et pleine de surprises, mise en œuvre par Jean-Marc Providence.

> Jean-Paul Maury a vu grand et loin : à cette « expérimentation » permanente (doit-on encore l'appeler collection ?) sont adossés des ateliers d'artistes, un centre de documentation particulièrement riche en ouvrages et catalogues techniques, une boutique, des salles d'activités. L'immense bâtiment industriel qui accueillera l'AMI en 2017 est en passe d'apparaître, pour les musées techniques de France et d'Europe, un modèle du genre.









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