Charles De Gaulle and his daughter, Anne

Very few like him around any more, and the world is worse off because of it.

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Charles and Anne on holiday in Brittany, 1933.jpg Charles and Anne De Gaulle while on holiday in Brittany, 1933

Charles De Gaulle is well known as the leader of the Free French Forces during World War 2, and then later as the President of France. What is not so well known is that his youngest daughter Anne (January 1, 1928 – February 6, 1948) had Down syndrome.
Although public perception of the time was that children born with Down syndrome were a result of their parents alcoholism, venereal disease, or overall degeneracy, the De Gaulles rejected this notion, choosing instead to raise Anne like their other two children. Their personal life became very private and Anne was raised at home, not in an institution as was common practice at the time.
It has been said often that Anne was Charles’ favorite child. Described as a man who ranged from cocky to stoic by nature, he was a different…

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