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French Charles DE GAULLE

born Charles André Joseph Marie DE GAULLE

French army officer and statesman who led the French Resistance against Nazi Germany in World War II

Source :  François GRINDA

Born: on November 22, 1890 in Lille, France
Died: on November 09, 1970 in Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, France


De Gaulle was born in the industrial region of Lille in the Nord department, the third of five children. He was raised in a devoutly Catholic and traditional family. His father, Henri de Gaulle, was a professor of history and literature at a Jesuit college and eventually founded his own school.

Henri de Gaulle came from a long line of parliamentary gentry from Normandy and Burgundy. The name is thought to be Dutch in origin, and may well have derived from van der Walle ("from the rampart, defensive wall"). De Gaulle's mother, Jeanne (née Maillot), descended from a family of wealthy entrepreneurs from Lille. She had French, Irish, Scottish, Dutch, and German ancestry.

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