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Extra resources for De Gaulle’s Legacy: The Art of Power in France’s Fifth Republic
For the Matignon Palace, he appointed in succession three men, Michel Debre from January 9, 1959, to April 14, 1962, George Pompidou from then to July 10, 1968, and Maurice Couve de Murville from then to June 20, 1969. Each faithfully did what de Gaulle instructed him to do. The most significant difference among them was style, with Debre’s passion, Pompidou’s unflappability, and Couve de Murville’s haughtiness. Although de Gaulle conducted cabinet meetings every Wednesday, they largely rubber-stamped decisions that he had previously made with ministers relevant to specific issues.
The party system, which I deplore, has reappeared. But short of establishing a military dictatorship, which I don’t want and which would probably be a disaster, I have no way of preventing this happening . . Therefore I have decided to resign. ”65 Charles de Gaulle retired only symbolically on January 20, 1946. Although he spent most of the next dozen years at his home 140 miles and three hours by car east of Paris at Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises, he incessantly followed and frequently intervened in politics.
The property of all French was protected and the new government would compensate them for any losses they had suffered. The French had three years to decide whether to remain or return to France. During these three years, the French army would remain in Algeria, cooperating with the FLN to uphold public order. Algeria would remain in the franc zone. France would retain control over the Sahara’s natural resources for five years before Algeria took over. The French navy would keep its base at Mers-el-Kebir for 15 years.