- NAME: Charles de Gaulle
- OCCUPATION: Military Leader, World Leader
- BIRTH DATE: November 22, 1890
- DEATH DATE: November 09, 1970
- EDUCATION: Military Academy of Saint-Cyr
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Lille, France
- PLACE OF DEATH: Colombey-les-deux-Églises, France
- Full Name: Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle
- Full Name: Charles de Gaulle
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Charles de Gaulle rose from French soldier in World War I to exiled leader and, eventually, president of the Fifth Republic. He served as president from 1959 to 1969.
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France is a widow." France mourned the loss of its famous statesman and military leader; the country had lost one of its greatest heroes—a hero who had seen his people through war,
and proved to be instrumental in his country's recovery.
Other world leaders offered up words of praise for de Gaulle. Queen Elizabeth II said that his "courage and tenacity in the allied cause during the dark years of the Second World War will never be forgotten." Two American presidents, Lyndon B. Johnson and Harry S. Truman, sent their condolences to the people of France, as well as to Soviet Premier Aleksei Kosygin. President Richard Nixon was among the foreign dignitaries who attended a special service for de Gaulle, held shortly after his death, at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
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