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In Beaufre entered the military academy at Saint-Cyr, where he met the future French president Charles de Gaulle , who was an instructor. In he saw action in Morocco against the Rif , who opposed French rule.
While serving as permanent secretary of national defense in Algeria in —41 during World War II , he was arrested by the French Vichy regime, and after his release in he served in the Free French Army on several fronts until the end of the war in Beaufre then saw service in Indochina and Algeria and commanded the French forces in the Suez campaign against Egypt in Beaufre later became chief of the general staff of the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers in Europe in During the early s Beaufre came to prominence as a theoretical military strategist and as an advocate of the independent French nuclear force, which was a major priority of President Charles de Gaulle.
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In he saw action in Morocco against the Rif , who opposed French rule. By the end of World War II , he had attained the rank of colonel and was well known in the English-speaking world as a military strategist and as an exponent of an independent French nuclear force. He commanded the French forces in the Suez War campaign against Egypt in Beaufre later became chief of the general staff of the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers in Europe in Beaufre retired from the Army in for health reasons.
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