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Monument to Charles de Gaulle: photos, description Monument au general de Gaulle)

Monument to Charles de Gaulle on the Champs Elysees raised recently, in 2000 - the thirtieth anniversary since the death of the General. Oddly enough, to this day, a monument to the founder and first President of the Fifth Republic in Paris was not.

For thirty years, the authorities persuaded the relatives of the great Frenchman that country has the right to pay tribute to the man, to defend its independence and honor in world war II. Consent was obtained, and a six-meter bronze statue of de Gaulle sculptor Jacques Cardo took the podium on the Champs Elysees, near the Grand Palais.

Parisians call the location between the Champs elysées and the bridge Alexander III "Three walking men": nearby there are monuments to Winston Churchill and Georges Clemenceau about the same energetic positions. Charles de Gaulle himself is depicted at the moment when he takes the salute in honor of the liberation of Paris on 24 August 1944.

Charles de Gaulle had dreamed since childhood about the feat in the name of France. During the First world fell into German captivity, where he met with the future Soviet Marshal Mikhail Tukhachevsky. During the Soviet-Polish war they fought against each other. When France in 1940, was defeated by the Wehrmacht, de Gaulle, already Deputy Minister of war, fought fiercely against the truce with the Germans. It seems he flew to London to lead the struggle of the French against the Nazis.

De Gaulle was able to achieve that, contrary to the opposition of the United States, the "big three" declared France an ally in the fight against the Reich. According to the plan General of the French forces single-handedly liberated Paris. With a huge crowd of gleeful people, a solemn procession of de Gaulle to the historical places of the capital. After the war the General was Prime Minister, the opposition leader, again Prime Minister, and finally President, he founded the Fifth Republic.

In this post, de Gaulle was able to suppress the military coup, to grant independence to Algeria, to strengthen the unity of Europe. General voluntarily resigned in 1969, when it became clear that the French no longer support its socio-economic policies. After a half year he died of aortic rupture.

France honors de Gaulle as an outstanding national leader on a par with Napoleon.