De Gaulle

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De Gaulle was born in an industrial region of Lille. He was the third child of five and raised by Roman Catholics. His Father, Henri de Gaulle, was a history and literature teacher who founded his own school. De Gaulle's father encouraged historical and philosophical debate between his children at mealtimes, De Gaulle became very interested and through his father’s encouragement, de Gaulle grew familiar with French history from an early age. Hearing tales from his mother of the French capitulation to the Germans at Sedan in 1870, he started to think of war plans and asked his Father about failures before. Before he could become an officer cadet for France, regulations which had recently been introduced required that he must spend a year as an ordinary soldier. He was promoted to corporal after six months of work, then to sergeant. He disliked army life and what he saw as pointless regulations, not because he objected to military discipline, but because he considered the procedures to be time-wasting and outdated to the point of possibly damaging the military potential. Afterwards, de Gaulle spent four years studying and training at the elite military academy, Saint-Cyr. He did well at the academy and received complements for his conduct, manners, intelligence, character, military spirit and resistance to fatigue. However, he often complained to his company commander and other officers that there was a lack of preparation for war with Germany, and that the French training and equipment were inadequate to deal with war. Graduating in 1912 in 13th place out of 210 cadets, his report said that he was a highly gifted cadet who should go on to make an excellent officer. While at Arras, within in the build-up to World War I, de Gaulle... ... middle of paper ... ... approach, and of the changes between modern life and old. This led to the people revolts of events of May 1968, with a variety of demands including educational, labor and governmental reforms, artistic freedom, and the end to the Vietnam War. The people protesting quickly joined with labor and mass strikes erupted. At one point, de Gaulle went to visit French troops in the German city of Baden-Baden, possibly to secure the help of the army in case it was needed to maintain public order. But after a month-long general strike, most of the French people aspired to order, and the June 1968 legislative elections saw a majority of Gaullists in parliament. Still, May 1968 was a turning point in French social relations, with general agreements in the direction of more personal freedoms and less social control in labor relations, education or in private life.
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