Yvonne de Gaulle

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Yvonne de Gaulle
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Spouse of the President of France
In role
8 January 1959 – 28 April 1969
President Charles de Gaulle
Preceded by Germaine Coty
Succeeded by Claude Pompidou
Personal details
Born Yvonne Vendroux
(1900-05-22)22 May 1900
Calais, France
Died 8 November 1979(1979-11-08) (aged 79)
Paris, France
Spouse(s) Charles de Gaulle
(m. 1921; d. 1970)

Yvonne de Gaulle (born Yvonne Charlotte Anne Marie Vendroux; 22 May 1900 – 8 November 1979) was the wife of Charles de Gaulle. She was sometimes known as Tante Yvonne (Aunt Yvonne). They were married on April 7, 1921. She is known for the quote, "The presidency is temporary—but the family is permanent." She and her husband narrowly escaped an assassination attempt on August 22, 1962, when their Citroën DS was targeted by machine gun fire arranged by Jean Bastien-Thiry at the Petit-Clamart.

Like her husband, Yvonne de Gaulle was a conservative Catholic, and campaigned against prostitution, the sale of pornography in newsstands and the televised display of nudity and sex, for which she earned the nickname Tante (Auntie) Yvonne. Later she unsuccessfully tried to persuade de Gaulle to outlaw miniskirts in France.[citation needed]

The couple had three children: Philippe (b. 1921), Élisabeth (1923–2013), and Anne (1928–1948), who was born with Down syndrome. Yvonne de Gaulle set up a charity, La fondation Anne-de-Gaulle, to help children with disabilities.