Colombey-les-Deux-Églises in the Grand Est region

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La Boisserie, the home of Charles de Gaulle © Arnaud 25

La Boisserie, the home of Charles de Gaulle © Arnaud 25

Colombey-les-Deux-Églises (literally Colombey the Two Churches) is a commune in the Haute-Marne department in north-eastern France. It is best known as the home of Charles de Gaulle.

The municipality of Colombey-les-Deux-Églises was created administratively in 1793, and it became part of the district of Chaumont and the canton of Blaise. In 1801, under the name Colombey, it passed to the canton Juzennecourt. In 1972, it absorbed the communes Argentolles, Biernes, Blaise, Champcourt, Harricourt, Pratz and Lavilleneuve-aux-Fresnes. On 1 January 2017, the former commune of Lamothe-en-Blaisy was merged into Colombey-les-Deux-Églises.

Charles de Gaulle Memorial © Juergen Kappenberg/cc-by-sa-2.5 © Grzegorz Tkaczyk/cc-by-sa-4.0 La Boisserie, the home of Charles de Gaulle © Arnaud 25 Rue du Général de Gaulle © Benoît Prieur Town Hall © sitemai.eu - Peter Potrowl/cc-by-3.0 À la Croix de Lorraine © Benoît Prieur
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Charles de Gaulle Memorial © Juergen Kappenberg/cc-by-sa-2.5
Colombey achieved fame as the home and burial site of the 20th-century soldier and statesman Charles de Gaulle, who acquired a substantial property on the southwestern edge of the village in 1934. De Gaulle withdrew repeatedly to Colombey when his political fortunes waned, first on the establishment of the Fourth Republic in 1946, and then between 1953 and 1958, before he became president again at the height of the Algerian Crisis. His final withdrawal to Colombey came in 1969 and he died there the following year. “Colombey” became widely used as a political metaphor for a statesman’s temporary withdrawal from political life until his country came calling for him again.

De Gaulle is buried in the cemetery in Colombey, in a humble grave with the inscription “Charles de Gaulle 1890-1970”. In addition, a 145 ft (44.3 m) high Cross of Lorraine was built at the western exit of the village, commemorating his distinguished wartime role as commander of the Free French Forces. A memorial museum was inaugurated in October 2008 by Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel. This joint Franco-German act marked the fiftieth anniversary of talks in Colombey on 14 September 1958 between Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer, as part of the process of post-war reconciliation.

Read more on france.fr – The Charles de Gaulle memorial at Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises, cheminsdememoire.gouv.fr – Charles de Gaulle Memorial, Colombey les deux églises and Wikipedia Colombey-les-Deux-Églises (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.






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