Charles de Gaulle 40th commemoration today

Charles de Gaulle remains one of the most central figures in the history of France – having taken a courageous stance to resist Nazi German occupation and later being rewarded for this with a public endorsement of his courage by being awarded the top seat at the helm of fifth republic.

Forty years after his death, his significance is unquestionable – notwithstanding some of the key controversies toward the end of his administration and those riots of 1968 that Parisians refer to as a crucial milestone.

Be that as it may, the picture could not be more different from the current political administration in France that perhaps has significantly lower levels of popularity that those enjoyed by de Gaulle during the peak of his popularity.

click above for a short timeline of his political career!!