This first volume of a trilogy on the General does not sink into “gaullolatry”… On the contrary, it is a very lively story in which Fog, arriving from his native Normandy and entering the Nouvel Observateur, very quickly manifests a real passion for the Gaullists and for the first president of the Fifth Republic. “He comes to power with simple ideas and he does. It is the opposite of our current leaders who do nothing. He was not afraid, ”explains the former editorial director of La Provence, columnist at Point.
“In the general’s story, it is not June 18 that they remember most, although it is celebrated and admired, but May 13, 1958, in a country that was down, on its knees, and which he sets off again in two stages, in a few weeks. He is making a new Constitution, an austerity plan… Today, there would be protests everywhere, but he didn’t care. He said: here we have to do it. It was a very rigorous plan because there were deficits everywhere and 15% inflation,” says Franz-Olivier Giesbert.
The journalist also returns to the context of the time: “In Algeria, he arrives at a total imposture. He has always been for decolonization, he thinks that Algeria should be independent, but he came to power on May 13, 1958 on the basis of a coup fomented by people very close to him. , I am thinking of General Massu who plays a considerable role, he was brought to power by supporters of French Algeria…”
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