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Charles de Gualle

Nov 22, 1890 - Nov 9, 1970

Charles de Gualle was a French army officer who led the Free French Forces against Nazi Germany in World War II. He rewrote the Constitution of France and founded the Fifth Republic serving as its first president from 1959 to 1969.

A dominant figure of France from early Cold War era, Charles de Gaulle’s European vision continues to shape both French and European Union policymaking.

Politics is too serious a matter to be left to politicians