Trisomy 21: what De Gaulle could teach the French government

We know a lot about General De Gaulle. But many ignore that his fight against Nazism was closely linked to his daughter's disability.

NNovember 2016. The Council of State validated censorship by the CSA of a clip broadcast by M6, “Dear future mom”. This clip was obviously "likely to disturb" women who had had recourse to the medical termination of pregnancy following a prenatal diagnosis of trisomy. Yet he was simply talking about the happiness that these children could bring to their mother.

Breakpoint echoes this decision, and recalls the vision of Charles de Gaulle to challenge the French government.

Anne was the youngest daughter of Charles and Yvonne de Gaulle. Her father said that she was “a child like no other”. At the time, we used to say “Mongolian”. Children with Down's syndrome were generally looked down upon and placed in asylums. But the de Gaulle family never stopped taking care of Anne.

“God gave it to us. We are responsible for her, wherever she is, whatever she does, ”said her father.

And according to the doctor Samuel gregg, Charles de Gaulle's commitment against Nazism has everything to do with his fight to protect his daughter.

“De Gaulle refused to surrender in 1940 and was considered a traitor by French political and military elites. It was probably the act of a deeply patriotic man who refused to submit his country to the Nazis. But this act of resistance was also about protecting her helpless daughter from those who saw her as less than human. ”

Lives unworthy of living. This is how the Nazis viewed children with Down's syndrome. They were killed by lethal injection in the name of eugenics. Charles de Gaulle knew that his daughter would know this issue if she fell into the hands of the Nazis. He always refused it.

Anne de Gaulle ultimately died of pneumonia, surrounded by her loving family. After his death, Charles and Yvonne opened a foundation, run by sisters, to take care of “children who are not like the others.”


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