The General Charles de Gaulle, who was the Chairman of the Provisionary Government, had wanted a newspaper that could fulfill a public service function and that is to inform and it should be an instrument of national consciousness. There was a need for an independent paper that would permit France to occupy its rank in the universe of information. 2
I got suddenly obsessed about this because last weekend, we were invited to a friend’s birthday and on their wall was a laminated copy of the first page of Le Monde’s first issue. I love things of the past so I read almost every bit of it until I reached the lower portion of the paper and the letters making up Philippines instantly caught my eyes. Then, I noticed the date of issue. It’s just on time. The article suggested something bloody though. It’s sad. The war is always sad but those are things of the past. It is something we must accept but never forget.