Tomb of French general Charles de Gaulle had been destroyed by vandal

Tomb of French general Charles de Gaulle had been destroyed by vandal

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The grave of the French general and former president Charles de Gaulle Saturday was destroyed by a vandal. The cross on the grave broke off after a man there against them, had kicked her.

A man in his thirties stepped on the grave and took then out. The cross of about one and a half metres fell on it and broke apart on the ground. The headstone itself would be undamaged, according to the French news agency AFP.

The final resting place of the famous general, annually attracting thousands of tourists to the village of Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises in the northern department of Haute-Marne. The location is continuously monitored by means of surveillance cameras, let the local authorities know.

De Gaulle was the leader of the French government in Exile during the Second world War. After that, he was responsible for major reforms in the French politics. He was, in 1959, the first French president in the current government, the Fifth Republic.


At the age of 79 died De Gaulle, after which he in his hometown, Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises, was buried. De Gaulle had a staatsbegrafenis previously rejected, and wanted mainly to be buried next to his at a young age, death of daughter Anne.

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