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Fireworks over fireworks reservations... Former enemies celebrate Trafalgar battle... Italians trumped at bridge tourney... Bavaria selling off pricey palaces... Watercooler stories from UPI.
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Former enemies celebrate Trafalgar battle

PORTSMOUTH, England, June 28 (UPI) -- France sent a nuclear powered aircraft carrier to England Tuesday to observe the 200th anniversary of England's Battle of Trafalgar victory.

Chirac 'sick man of Europe,' say French

PARIS, June 17 (UPI) -- French President Jacques Chirac has replaced Britain as "the sick man of Europe," according to the French media.

France votes de Gaulle greatest Frenchman

PARIS, April 6 (UPI) -- French TV viewers have selected the late President Charles de Gaulle as the greatest Frenchman of all time.

Jockstrip: The world as we know it

Poll finds de Gaulle greatest Frenchman ... Hydrogen bike faulted for being too quiet ... Antique peat bucket sells for $246,000 ... The world as we know it from UPI.
By United Press International

Poll finds de Gaulle greatest Frenchman

PARIS, March 16 (UPI) -- A national poll to name France's greatest people puts former President Charles de Gaulle above a comedian, singer and Jesuit priest, the Independent reports.

Bomb scare grounds Brazilian flight

SAO PAULO, March 14 (UPI) -- A bomb scare delayed a Brazilian airliner scheduled to take off from the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, Estado de Sao Paulo reported Monday.

Paris airport probe won't impact China theater

BEIJING, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The findings that the collapse of a Paris airport terminal was due to design and structure faults won't impact the China National Grand Theater.

Words Matter: Stupid mouth

DALLAS, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Stupid mouth. All of us have had the disease at some point. We opened our mouths and the most incredibly stupid, or hurtful, or ridiculous words came out. Lt. G
MERRIE SPAETH

Cracked terminal to blame in Paris airport accident

PARIS, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- The infrastructure of the roof that collapsed last year at Charles de Gaulle airport killing four people was cracked according to a report released Tuesday.

Shanghai opens first cultural center

SHANGHAI, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Shanghai's new Oriental Arts Center has launched its first week of public programs in a vast complex designed by French architect Paul Andreu.

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 21, the 356th day of 200 with 10 to follow.
By United Press International

Red-faced France to drop explosive plants

PARIS, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin has ordered an end to using plastic explosives in airport security training following an embarrassing bungle.

French airport loses explosives

PARIS, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Staff at a Paris, France, airport mistakenly loaded plastic explosives onto a plane after security lost it during an exercise, the BBC reported Sunday.

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Nov. 22, the 327th day of 2004 with 39 to follow.
By United Press International
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Charles de Gaulle
PAP64111701 - 17 NOVEMBER 1964 - PARIS, FRANCE: France's President Charles de Gaulle greets Jordan's King Hussein at the Elysee Palace, November 17, 1964 with Princess Mouna (right) and Mrs. De Gaulle. Hussein was 30-years-old. iw/jd/file UPI
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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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