Anne de Gaulle
Cause of death
1 January 1928 (age 20) (
Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises Parish Churchyard
Charles de Gaulle's daughter
Philippe de Gaulle, Elisabeth de Gaulle
Michel Cailliau, Charles Cailliau
Henri de Gaulle, Jeanne Maillot de Gaulle
Charles de Gaulle, Yvonne de Gaulle, Elisabeth de Gaulle, Philippe de Gaulle, Alain de Boissieu
6 February 1948 (aged 20) Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, France
Charles de Gaulle: The man behind the myth
Anne de Gaulle (1 January 1928 – 6 February 1948) was the youngest daughter of General Charles de Gaulle and his wife, Yvonne. She was born in Trier, Germany, where her father was stationed with the Army of Occupation in the Rhineland.
She was born with Down syndrome and lived with her family until her death. De Gaulle's relatives all testified that the General, who was normally undemonstrative in his affections for his family, was more open and extroverted with Anne. He would entertain her with songs, dances, and pantomimes.
Anne died of pneumonia on 6 February 1948, aged 20, at Colombey-les-Deux-Églises. Upon her death, her father said: "Now, she's like the others." ("Maintenant, elle est comme les autres.")
On 22 August 1962, Charles de Gaulle was the victim of an attempted assassination at Petit-Clamart. He later said that the potentially fatal bullet had been stopped by the frame of the photograph of Anne that he always carried with him, placed this particular day on the rear shelf of his car. When he died in 1970, he was buried in the cemetery of Colombey beside his beloved daughter.