Yvonne de Gaulle

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Yvonne de Gaulle
Yvonne de Gaulle.jpg
Spouse of the President of France
In role
8 January 1959 – 28 April 1969
PresidentCharles de Gaulle
Preceded byGermaine Coty (1955)
Succeeded byClaude Pompidou
Personal details
Yvonne Charlotte Anne Marie Vendroux

(1900-05-22)22 May 1900
Calais, France
Died8 November 1979(1979-11-08) (aged 79)
Paris, France
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.[1] She is known for the quote, "The presidency is temporary—but the family is permanent."[2] 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.[3]

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 (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.


  1. ^ Prial, Frank J. "Yvonne de Gaulle, Widow of French Leader, Dead". nytimes. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  2. ^ Young, David (2012). Breakthrough Power for Leaders: A Daily Guide to an Extraordinary Life. David Young. p. 142.
  3. ^ Newton, Michael (2014). Famous Assassinations in World History: An Encyclopedia [2 volumes]. ABC-CLIO. p. 174. ISBN 9781610692861.