World: A Glimpse of Glory, a Shiver of Grandeur

All my life, I have had a certain idea of France. The emotional side of me naturally imagines France as the princess of the fairy tales or the Madonna of the frescoes, as though dedicated to a lofty and exceptional destiny. In short, in my view, France cannot be France without grandeur.

HIS banner, emblazoned with the Cross of Lorraine, was drawn from the frescoes of history, and under it Charles de Gaulle waged a lifelong battle for the glory of France. Like the Christian crusaders who set out from medieval cathedrals, De Gaulle...

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