Yvonne de Gaulle
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Yvonne de Gaulle
|Spouse of the President of France|
8 January 1959 – 28 April 1969
|President||Charles de Gaulle|
|Preceded by||Germaine Coty (1955)|
|Succeeded by||Claude Pompidou|
Yvonne Charlotte Anne Marie Vendroux
22 May 1900
|Died||8 November 1979 (aged 79)|
Charles de Gaulle
(m. 1921; died 1970)
Yvonne de Gaulle (born Yvonne Charlotte Anne Marie Vendroux; 22 May 1900 – 8 November 1979) was the wife of Charles de Gaulle. They were married on 6 April 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 22 August 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.
The couple had three children: Philippe (b. 1921), Élisabeth (1924–2013), and Anne (1928–1948), who was born with Down syndrome. Yvonne de Gaulle set up a charity, La foundation Anne-de-Gaulle, to help children with disabilities.
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