Charles de Gaulle

1890 - 1970

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Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle (; French pronunciation: [ʃaʁl də ɡol] (listen); 22 November 1890 – 9 November 1970) was a French army officer and statesman who led Free France against Nazi Germany in World War II and chaired the Provisional Government of the French Republic from 1944 to 1946 in order to reestablish democracy in France. In 1958, he came out of retirement when appointed President of the Council of Ministers (Prime Minister) by President René Coty. He rewrote the Constitution of France and founded the Fifth Republic after approval by referendum. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles de Gaulle has received more than 7,509,741 page views. His biography is available in 143 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 139 in 2019). Charles de Gaulle is the 6th most popular military personnel (down from 5th in 2019), the 20th most popular biography from France (down from 18th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular French Military Personnel.

Charles de Gaulle was a French general and statesman who led the Free French Forces during World War II. He is most famous for being the first president of the Fifth Republic.

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Among military personnels, Charles de Gaulle ranks 6 out of 1,466Before him are Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Joan of Arc, Timur, and Spartacus. After him are Erwin Rommel, Karl Dönitz, Charles Martel, Adolf Eichmann, William Wallace, and Chiang Kai-shek.

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Among people born in 1890, Charles de Gaulle ranks 2Before him is Agatha Christie. After him are Ho Chi Minh, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Egon Schiele, Friedrich Paulus, Boris Pasternak, Vyacheslav Molotov, H. P. Lovecraft, Alfred Jodl, Karel Čapek, and Kurt Lewin. Among people deceased in 1970, Charles de Gaulle ranks 1After him are Bertrand Russell, Janis Joplin, Abraham Maslow, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Erich Maria Remarque, Jimi Hendrix, António de Oliveira Salazar, Sukarno, Yukio Mishima, Max Born, and Hjalmar Schacht.

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Among people born in France, Charles de Gaulle ranks 20 out of 5,234Before him are Louis XVI of France (1754), Honoré de Balzac (1799), Nostradamus (1503), Jean-Paul Sartre (1905), Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900), and John Calvin (1509). After him are Paul Gauguin (1848), Paul Cézanne (1839), Émile Zola (1840), Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor (1122), Napoleon III (1808), and Henri Matisse (1869).


Among military personnels born in France, Charles de Gaulle ranks 2Before him are Joan of Arc (1412). After him are Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663), Alfred Dreyfus (1859), Charles XIV John of Sweden (1763), Ferdinand Foch (1851), Charles de Batz de Castelmore d'Artagnan (1611), Eugène de Beauharnais (1781), Theodor Eicke (1892), Louis-Nicolas Davout (1770), Raymond IV, Count of Toulouse (1045), and Louis, Grand Condé (1621).