It was fifty years ago today- July 10, 1968 after a couple months of turmoil with student and worker strikes and protests the Prime Minister of France Georges Pompidou would resign because of disagreements over how President Charles de Gaulle handled the situation. After accepting Pompidou’s resignation de Gaulle asked Maurice Couve de Murville to form a new government. Pompidou had been the Prime Minister since 1962 the longest anyone has held this position. Less than a year later Georges Pompidou would replace Charles de Gaulle as President of France and would hold that position until his death in 1974. Charles de Gaulle died in 1970.