Charles de Gaulle

General de Gaulle famously evoked "a certain idea of France" in his memoirs, but in fact he embodied it. He was the man who, from London, on June 18, 1940, called on the French to refuse the offer of a shameful armistice with Nazi Germany. He was the man who said no to collaboration. He was the man who saved France's honor, who in 1945 enabled our country, with the United States, with the Allies, to be counted among the victors. For Charles de Gaulle had understood that the war was a world war, a head-on confrontation between the democracies and...

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