Happy Birthday Charles De Gaulle
Today is the birthday of Charles De Gaulle.
The video above is of President De Gaulle calling for Quebec separatism while at the Montreal City Hall in 1967.
Charles De Gaulle lived 1890-1970.
De Gaulle was the great French hero of WW II and of Algeria.
Here is my post about General De Gaulle’s famous speech of June 18, 1940. This speech began the French Resistance to German rule of France.
A great two-volume of De Gaulle was written by Jean Lacouture. The first volume is called De Gaulle–The Rebel, 1890-1944. Here is a review of that book. The second volume is De Gaulle–The Ruler, 1945-1970.
De Gaulle’s war memoirs are justly well-regarded.
Aware of his duties as a leader of the French resistance and as President of France, while at the same time never losing a sense of the absurd, Charles De Gaulle has long been one of my favorite figures of history.