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I have a weak spot for de Gaulle, because he was not glued to his throne. He resigned not once, but twice, the first for disagreement with the parliament about the constitution, the second for a minor electoral bad results. That means: without being constrained by the law nor thrown out by his lieutnants. He had taken no money and died without any, too.
MOre unique than rare by our top politicians.
For De Gaulle vs. Thatcher: let´s don´t forget there are almost 2 generations (35 years) between them. They were not playing by the same rules. Democracy and expectations improved, after all.
Both strong personalities, to be put mildly.

La répartie est dans l'escalier. Elle revient de suite.
by lacordaire on Thu Jan 11th, 2007 at 06:28:59 PM EST
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