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Charles de Gaulle (1890) Options
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Charles de Gaulle (1890)

De Gaulle was a French general and statesman. He left France after it fell to the Germans in WWII and started the Free French movement in England. He returned to France after the liberation of Paris and headed two provisional governments before resigning in 1946. When an insurrection in Algeria threatened to bring civil war to France, he returned to government, helped establish the Fifth Republic, and became its first president in 1958. What was his role in the "Empty Chair Crisis"? More...
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Very prominent figure in the French history.
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Some people say that General DeGaulle would NOT be surprised by the current events in his beloved France.

He is on record as telling his confidants that the entry of millions of people with different cultural values would change his beloved France forever.

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De Gaulle and European Integration

The "Empty Chair" Crisis of 1965-66 was caused when Charles de Gaulle ordered his representatives from negotiations within the European Commission back to France because of a disagreement with the other five nations on how to integrate Europe. de Gaulle believed that through intergovernmentalism, or the integration of Europe in terms of having each nation have a say on policy, such as states within the United States do, was the best option. As negotiations progressed, the talks turned towards supranationalism, or having an entity above the nations within the European Commission to determine an integrated policy, such as the U.S. Federal government is to each 50 states, became the main discussion point. After a multitude of disagreements between France and the other members of the organization, de Gaulle pulled his ambassadors back to Paris so negotiations would stall until France got what it wanted.

So what conclusion can we come to as to why de Gaulle pulled his representatives away from the organization who's sole purpose was to integrate Europe? It is same to assume that de Gaulle wanted an intergovernmental integration for the sole fact that France would have a say in what path Europe went down, and if Europe was integrated supranationally, France could not lead Europe because France would not have any power. De Gaulle needed to have France leading the way in the integration of Europe, and if the other five nations had their way, no one would be the leader and each nation would be equal to one another, something that de Gaulle did not want.
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