Accession Number:

ADA440702

Title:

The Spirit of France

Descriptive Note:

Essay

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL WAR COLL WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1994-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

12.0

Abstract:

This paper examines the foreign policy objectives of Charles de Gaulle. What was his strategy to obtain Frances national security objectives Was the strategy effective and did it succeed Charles de Gaulle instinctively brings to mind France. His powerful personality, impressionistic political skill, and vision for his country has, over time, made de Gaulle synonymous with France. Demonstrating unyielding perseverance to elevate France to a position of respect in the world arena, de Gaulle aggressively pursued national interest objectives to restore French national identity and to recapture Frances position of power and influence in Europe and elsewhere. His strategy independence, diplomatic style confrontational, and statecraft cunning were aligned to achieve these goals, and de Gaulle was relentless in his pursuit. General de Gaulles objectives were not mutually exclusive pursuits, but were linked to each other. Domestic morale was directly related to Frances international status and prestige. Any increase in prominence and stature on the international front seemed to boost self-esteem amongst the French, giving France a greater sense of dignity. Charles de Gaulle sought grandeur to unite France and give the people a sense of common purpose. According to de Gaulle, Frances pursuit of its national interests was not narrow and self-serving, but was in the interest of all humanity an agent of peace destined to restore equilibrium to a world suffering under the hegemony of the superpowers.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Humanities and History

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE