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Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle (22 November 1890 – 9 November 1970) was a French general and statesman who led the Free French Forces during World War II. He later founded the French Fifth Republic in 1958 and served as its first President from 1959 to 1969. A veteran of World War I, in the 1920s and 1930s, de Gaulle came to the fore as a proponent of mobile armoured divisions, which he ... more »

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  • ''France has lost a battle. But France has not lost the war!''
    Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970), French general, president. Speech, broadcast June 18, 1940, from London. Speeches of General de Gaulle (1941). De G...
  • ''Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.''
    Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970), French general, president. Quoted in André Maurois, "The Art of Leadership," The Art of Living (1940).
  • ''Now she's like everyone else.''
    Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970), French general, president. Quoted in De Gaulle, Jean Lacouture (1965). Remark at the funeral of his handicapped dau...
  • ''One does not arrest Voltaire.''
    Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970), French general, president. Quoted in Encounter (London, June 1975). Referring to the Maoist and Communist activitie...
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