de Gaulle Charles André Joseph Marie
de Gaulle(də gōl′, gôl′), Charles André Joseph Marie 1890-1970.
French general and politician. During World War II he gained popularity as the leader of Free French forces in exile. After a self-imposed retirement, he became the first president (1959-1969) of the Fifth Republic and led the country through its turbulent withdrawal from Algeria.
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