Charles de Gaulle

18th President of the French Republic

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Charles Andrรฉ 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 Renรฉ 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 early part of the Cold War era; his memory continues to influence French politics.

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With no end to the Brexit drama in sight, FRANCE 24 goes back to the past to elucidate the present. In 1963, Franceโ€™s revered President Charles de Gaulle..
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