WWI - OFFICER IN BATTLE OF VERDUN!
Captain DE GAULLE took part in the FEROCIOUS FIGHTING for FORT DOUAUMONT near VERDUN.
He became badly WOUNDED and PRISONER OF WAR of the IMPERIAL GERMAN ARMY.
FIVE TIMES he tried in vain to ESCAPE from POW CAMPS in Germany.
For, he was each time DETECTED due to his BODY HEIGHT!
WWII - LEADER OF FREE FRANCE!
DE GAULLE fled to LONDON, when it was clear, that MARSHAL PÉTAIN and other PROPONENTS of an ARMISTICE with the THIRD REICH had prevailed in the FRENCH GOVERNMENT.
From LONDON, he led the RESISTANCE of FREE FRANCE against the collaborative VICHY REGIME and the OCCUPATION of FRANCE by the GERMAN WEHRMACHT!
As REVENGE, the WAR COUNCIL of the VICHY REGIME sentenced DE GAULLE to DEATH IN ABSENTIA!
FROM GENERAL TO STATESMAN!
During the ALGERIN WAR, DE GAULLE was 1958 tasked with forming a FRENCH GOVERNMENT.
As new PRIME MINISTER he implemented a CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM that established the 5th REPUBLIC, of which he was PRESIDENT from January 1959 to April 1969.
The political IDEOLOGY of GAULLISM, which goes back to him, influences FRENCH POLITICS till today.
«FRANCE HAS NO FRIENDS, ONLY INTERESTS!»
FRANCE boycotted MEETINGS of the European Council of Ministers for 7 MONTHS.
DE GAULLE opposed their PROPOSAL to FINANCE a common AGRICULTURAL POLICY.
The NATO partners did not RESPOND to DEMANDS of DE GAULLE.
FRENCH OFFICERS were WITHDRAWN from the entire MILITARY STAFF.
NATO HEADQUARTERS and POLITICAL LEADERSHIP of NATO had to move from PARIS to BRUSSELS.
TO WHAT CONCLUSIONS HAVE YOU COME, AFTER YOUR COMPARISONS?
WILL YOU VOTE YOUR POLITICAL GARDEN GNOME AGAIN?