De Gaulle had a totally Franco-centric view of everything. This included a supreme disdain for inconvenient facts, especially anything which might undermine the glory of France. Only de Gaulle could have written a history of the French army and manage to make no mention of the Battle of Waterloo.
Antony Beevor, D-Day.
Though he was a complete pain in the ass, De Gaulle was the man France needed. And he knew it.