Grand Angle Productions

When Pearl Harbor changed France fate

Between 1940 and 1945, New Caledonia and the French Pacific Islands were at the center of a secret diplomatic-military battle between Charles de Gaulle, Winston Churchill et Franklin D. Roosevelt, leading to decisive repercussions for the outcome of the conflict.

The Allies' recognition, both of 'la France Libre' and De Gaulle’s legitimacy, was forged for the first time on these islands. British and American troops relied on these territories to stop the Japanese advance and secure victory over the Empire of the Rising Sun.

Armed with rare archive footage, Charles-Antoine de Rouvre signs an unprecedented documentary, revealing this diplomatic-military battle secrets. An unsung World War II episode, yet crucial for the Allies victory in the Pacific, the recognition of De Gaulle and France's liberation from the nazi.

Broadcast on December 7th, 2021, on France 2, commemorating the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.



Data sheet

Poster of When Pearl Harbor changed France fate

Director : Charles-Antoine de Rouvre

Production : Grand Angle Productions - Guillaume Pérès

With France Télévisions participation 

Documentalist : Deborah Ford

Editing : Delphine Dufriche

Narration : Sophie Planet

Original soundtrack : Stéphane Peyrot

Sound editing, mixing : ALLUMAGE

Length : 52 ’

With the CNC participation 

Support from the Ministry of the Armed Forces, the French Overseas Ministry, Procirep and Angoa