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The United States is a very difficult country to govern.




Charles De Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President, Statement to British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan

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Charles de Gaulle
Charles de Gaulle
  • Born: November 22, 1890
  • Died: November 9, 1970
  • Nationality: French
  • Profession: Leader

Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle was a French army officer and statesman who led the French Resistance against Nazi Germany in World War II and chaired the Provisional Government of the French Republic from 1944 to 1946 in order to reestablish democracy in France. In 1958, he came out of retirement when appointed President of the Council of Ministers by President René Coty. He was asked to rewrite the Constitution of France and founded the Fifth Republic after approval by referendum. He was elected President of France later that year, a position he was reelected to in 1965 and held until his resignation in 1969. He was the dominant figure of France during the Cold War era, and his memory continues to influence French politics.

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