Two female resistance fighters to be honored at Paris' Pantheon

PARIS, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Two women who fought with the Resistance during World War II will be honored with interment in the Pantheon, French President Francois Hollande says.

The changing French alliance

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- French President Francois Hollande's state visit to the United States this week (without any lady friend in tow) is being touted as a revival of America's oldest alliance. The trouble will be in the newest areas of commerce.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

France destroys ivory publicly in effort to stop illegal trade

PARIS, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- French officials said they destroyed more than 3 tons of elephant tusks in public Thursday in an attempt to stop the illegal trade of the ivory.

Northrop expands support for Japan's Hawkeyes

TOKYO, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman Corp. has signed a 5-year deal with AAR Corp. and Sumitomo Corp. to set up a just-in-time inventory management process for Japan's E-2C Hawkeye program.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013.
By United Press International
Remembering the 50th anniversary of JFK's funeral

Remembering the 50th anniversary of JFK's funeral

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- A million people lined the streets Nov. 25, 1963, and millions more were glued to TVs as the United States paid final respects to President John F. Kennedy.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.
By United Press International

Long-stored gifts to be displayed at Churchill's home

WESTERHAM, England, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Britain's National Trust said gifts from world leaders including Franklin Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin will be displayed at Winston Churchill's England home.

EU distributes financial aid to Mali

BRUSSELS, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- The European Union is expressing its ongoing commitment to Mali with an $830 million assistance package, Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said Tuesday.

Airports slightly busier in Europe in 2012

BRUSSELS, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Air travel rose slightly in Europe in 2012 compared to 2011, the European Commission said Tuesday, but 10 of 30 top airports reported declines.

Air France-KLM says it has no plans to decimate Alitalia

PARIS, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Air France-KLM said it had no plans to cut employees or reduce assets at Italian airline Alitalia in order to raise fresh capital.

Police search for $2.16 million worth of gold blocks after arrests

PARIS, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Police said they have arrested six men who allegedly stole blocks of gold worth $2.16 million from an Air France plane in Paris.

Record cocaine bust on Air France plane raises complicity questions

NANTERRE, France, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A record seizure of 1.3 tons of pure cocaine aboard an Air France airliner raises questions about possible complicity of French airport workers, police say.

DCNS completes intermediate refit of carrier

TOULON, France, July 25 (UPI) -- An intermediate refit of the French Navy aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle has been completed by shipbuilder DCNS.

Paris airport workers charged with theft

PARIS, July 21 (UPI) -- Police said they charged 17 baggage handlers at the Charles De Gaulle airport near Paris with stealing more than $230,000 worth of valuables from suitcases.
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Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle (English: /ˈtʃɑrlz/ or /ˈʃɑrl dəˈɡɔːl/; French:  ( listen); 1890–1970) was a French general and statesman who led the Free French Forces during World War II. He later founded the French Fifth Republic in 1958 and served as its first President from 1959 to 1969.

A veteran of World War I, in the 1920s and 1930s de Gaulle came to the fore as a proponent of mobile armoured divisions, which he considered would become central in modern warfare. During World War II, he reached the temporary rank of Brigadier General, leading one of the few successful armoured counter-attacks during the 1940 Battle of France, and then briefly served in the French government as France was falling.

He escaped to Britain and gave a famous radio address, broadcast by the BBC on 18 June 1940, exhorting the French people to resist Nazi Germany and organised the Free French Forces with exiled French officers in Britain. As the war progressed de Gaulle gradually gained control of all French colonies except Indochina most of which had at first been controlled by the pro-German Vichy regime. Despite earning a reputation for being a difficult man to do business with, by the time of the Allied invasion of France in 1944 he was heading what amounted to a French government in exile, but although he insisted that France be treated as a great independent power by the other Allies, the Americans in particular remained deeply suspicious of his motives. De Gaulle became prime minister in the French Provisional Government, resigning in 1946 due to political conflicts.

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