Forty years ago, on November 9, 1970, the General de Gaulle goes off, struck by a ruptured aneurysm. Thus ended the political career of a man certain of having been invested with an exceptional mission (“It was up to me to assume France”, he wrote in his memoirs) and who for thirty years had dominated the French political life. From his trip to Ireland to his retirement in Colombey where he wrote his memoirs, France 3 looks back this evening on the general's last months.
Following the failure of the 1969 referendum, General De Gaulle had walled in silence since his resignation from the presidency of the republic. Thanks to testimonies from relatives, Pierre-Louis Blanc, head of the press service at the Elysée, Pierre Lefranc, his chief of staff, aide-de-camp François Flohic, journalist Jean Mauriac, the film traces the last months of his life, by referring to his Memoirs written during this period over his ten years at the head of the State, from the birth of the Fifth Republic to his resignation.
De Gaulle: the last battle, Monday November 8 at 8:35 pm on France 3. Replay on November 10 at 1:10 am.