Charles de Gaulle

A good way to learn about world history is to glance through a series of foreign leaders’ portraits and imagine what kinds of things might have happened under their rule. Here, we’ll help!

Afterwards, if you want even more help learning about France, check out part one of this two-part series. There; now it’s like you earned two degrees in French history!

Patrice de MacMahon

Patrice de MacMahon, 1873-1879

President MacMahon is depicted with one foot on a railroad track to symbolize his victory at the Battle of Magenta over a train.

Jean Casimir-Perier

Jean Casimir-Perier, 1894-1895

“My head feels fine. Why does everyone keep asking if my head feels okay?”

Felix Faure, 1895-1899

At the turn of the 19th century, heads of state throughout Europe feared assassination by anarchists. That’s why it was probably a relief to Faure when he died peacefully, at his office, while receiving something from his mistress that we can’t say on a family-friendly website.

Paul Deschanel

Paul Deschanel, 1920

Are you feeling an urge to smooth out Paul Deschanel’s moustache? That’s exactly what he wants you to do. A tangled moustache is the oldest trick in the book.

Charles de Gaulle

Charles de Gaulle, 1959-1969

Oooh, who is this tall drink of ears?

Valery Giscard d'Estaing

Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, 1974-1981

Call your cable provider and tell them you want the Valéry Giscard d’Estaing channel! Then call us and tell us how the rest of that conversation played out.

Francois Mitterrand

François Mitterrand, 1981-1995

In France, this is how you dress if you’re the founder of the Socialist Party.

Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron, 2017-present

Macron is getting a little hot under the collar. Stick around and maybe he’ll take off his shirt! Or maybe you’ll take off your shirt. Or maybe you’ll discover that you weren’t wearing a shirt to begin with.