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When was Charles de Gaulle born?

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Charles de Gaulle (Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle) was born on November 22, 1890 in Lille.

Which war(s) did he fight in? Check all that apply.

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De Gaulle was a proficient soldier who fought in both WW1 and WW2. He even received Poland’s highest military honor for his operational command—the Virtuti Militari.

How long was De Gaulle a prisoner of war?

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Charles de Gaulle was captured by German soldiers on March 2, 1916. He spent the next 32 months shuffling between prisoner of war camps and organizing five different escape attempts.

How many children did Charles de Gaulle have?

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Charles de Gaulle married Yvonne Vendroux on April 7, 1921. The pair had three children—Phillip, Elizabeth and Anne.

Which disability did Anne have?

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Anne had Down’s Syndrome and died at the age of 20 from pneumonia. Anne’s life inspired her parents to create La Fondation Anne de Gaulle, an organization that supports people with disabilities.

True or Fale: Charles de Gaulle supported the US invasion of Vietnam in the Vietnam war.

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False! In fact, he openly criticized the US for their Vietnam invasion and the “exorbitant privilege” of the US dollar in the country.

When did Charles de Gaulle become President?

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Charles de Gaulle was elected President on December 21, 1958. He won 78% of the electoral college.

Upon taking office, which country became de Gaulle’s biggest concern?

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Algerians began to fight for their independence from France in 1954. The fighting grew as de Gaulle took office. The Algerian War continued until 1962.

Did Algeria get its independence under De Gaulle?

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Yes! In 1959, the President declared that Algerians had the right to rule themselves and determine their own future. In 1962, an agreement was made, and Alergia became an independent country.

True or False: Charles de Gaulle was interested in nuclear energy.

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True! During his first tenure as president, de Gaulle took an interest in nuclear power. He established a French Atomic Energy Commission that became responsible for all uses of nuclear energy in October 1945.