FRANCE: De Gaulle in a Crystal Ball

Charles de Gaulle foresaw that following his death the small village of Colombey-les-Deux Eglises—to which he retired after leaving the presidency in 1969 and where he now lies buried —would become a national shrine. "After me, this will be Lourdes," he reportedly remarked, adding wryly that "grandeur will be sold in the form of small medals, small flags and crosses of Lorraine in nougatine [candy]." Last week, as France marked the first anniversary of De Gaulle's death, with President Georges Pompidou attending a Mass at Notre Dame and De Gaulle's widow and...

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