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TIL During a nuclear scare in 1960, the President of France secretly went to the President of the United States and told him “I do not know what Khrushchev is going to do, nor what is going to happen, but whatever he does…. I want you to know that I am with you to the end.”(r/todayilearned)
De Gaulle’s self-biography in World War II tells this in detail from his point of view. I’m currently reading it in the original French. It’s very good.
De Gaulle is one of the greatest French statesmen of all time, and arguably the greatest (French one) of the XXth century. Today, he commands the same respect among the French as George Washington among Americans.