The ethnic composition of divisions varied. Private Day Trips Here, fighting in the harsh Libyan desert, Free French soldiers distinguished themselves. Postwar, to settle disputes over the Free French heritage, the French government issued an official definition of the term. By the end of November French Equatorial Africa was wholly under the control of Free France, but the failures at Dakar had led French West Africa to declare allegiance to Vichy, to which they would remain loyal until the fall of the regime in November De Gaulle's influence had also grown in France, and in one resistance leader called him "the only possible leader for the France that fights".
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