Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Charles de Gaulle: Making France Great Again, French Nationalism and Anti-Americanism

January 25 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

$30 – $35

This lecture takes an in-depth look at the foreign policy of one of France’s most popular presidents, Charles de Gaulle. JFK’s historical visit to France in 1961 and his discovery of a famously difficult ally in de Gaulle set the tone for years of Franco-American friction. De Gaulle challenged U.S. hegemony and leadership in numerous ways during these dangerous Cold War years, criticizing Kennedy’s Berlin policy, removing France from NATO, and turning France into a nuclear power in its own right, to name a few. As a result, de Gaulle has frequently been portrayed as being anti-American. This lecture seeks to readjust this view. No, not anti-American, but a jealous guardian of French national sovereignty and independence. A closer look at these core concepts of “Gaullism” is especially timely now as current French President Emmanuel Macron has been busy promoting this very Gaullist idea of European strategic independence.


View Organizer Website


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at FAU, Boca Raton
777 Glades Rd
Boca Raton, 33431 United States
+ Google Map