French elect De Gaulle as their 'greatest ever'

5th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 5 (AFP) - To no one's surprise, war leader and statesman Charles de Gaulle was voted the greatest French personality of all time in a television poll late Monday, ahead of the founder of immunology Louis Pasteur.

PARIS, April 5 (AFP) - To no one's surprise, war leader and statesman Charles de Gaulle was voted the greatest French personality of all time in a television poll late Monday, ahead of the founder of immunology Louis Pasteur.

Viewers of state-owned France 2 were asked to choose from a shortlist of 10 figures, whose virtues were extolled in a series of half-hour documentaries over previous weeks.

In third place was 92-year-old Abbe Pierre, the only living contender, who has spent half a century working for the homeless.

Marie Curie, the discoverer of radium, was the top woman in fourth position.

Singer Edith Piaf - the only other female in the shortlist - was 10th.

The late comedian Coluche, writer Victor Hugo, comic actor Bourvil, playwright Moliere and undersea explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau took fifth to ninth positions.

The programme format was pioneered by the BBC with the British public choosing Winston Churchill for the title. In Germany viewers elected Konrad Adenauer and in the Netherlands Prince William of Orange pipped the murdered right-wing politician Pim Fortuyn after a recount.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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