The small village of Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises in the North-Eastern French Department of the Haute-Marne, today (Tuesday) mourns its most celebrated adopted son: Charles de Gaulle.
GV Road into village of Colombey
CU Sign "Colombey-les-Deux-Englises"
GV & SV Gendarme guarding entrance to de Gaulle's house
GV Town hall and flag at half mast (2 shots)
LV & SV Newsmen and police round memorial in square (3 shots)
GV PAN Church
GV Graveyard PAN TO SV & CU Grave of Anne de Gaulle, his daughter (3 shots)
SV Women standing at graveside
Initials LD/BOB/BB/0256 LD/BOB/BB/0311
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Background: The small village of Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises in the North-Eastern French Department of the Haute-Marne, today (Tuesday) mourns its most celebrated adopted son: Charles de Gaulle. Although "Le General" died last night (Monday) while playing a game of patience in his austere home "La Boisserie", the news was not telephoned to President Pompidou by local authorities until early this morning.
As soon as the news reached Paris, extra police were sent in to help the small local Gendarmerie with the influx of the press, the mourners and the curious.
The General's final wishes requested a simple funeral service, with only family and friends present--no State ceremony or official speeches--as he is buried alongside his daughter Anne in the village cemetery. However, a memorial service will be held at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris with Heads of State and Governments represented, while General Charles de Gaulle will be laid to rest on Thursday (November 12) in the simple country graveyard of Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises.