De Gaulle and Europe



General de Gaulle understood Europe as a key geographical and historical construct. From the Second World War until he left power in 1969, he wanted European states to join together and cooperate closely, because he saw this is a means of increasing their power, particularly that of France. However, he was hostile to any loss of sovereignty, seeing it as a possibly prelude to subjugation by the United States.

French President Charles de Gaulle meeting German Chancellor Konrad Adenaeur at Cologne airport after disembarking an Air France flight. July 18th 1961.