Bayonet bearing Charles de Gaulle's name handed in to Australian police

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A bayonet bearing the family name of former French president Charles de Gaulle has been handed in at an Australian police station.

The sword, which is stamped with the date 1878 and the words "De Gaulle", was given to police at South Melbourne station along with a musket, a set of manacles and a curved dagger in a leather sheath.

While the date on the bayonet predates Charles de Gaulle's birth in 1890, Melbourne police believe it may have belonged to a member of his family.

Officers said the weapons were delivered by a woman who said that the haul belonged to her husband and that she wanted them to be destroyed.

Sergeant Doug Bowles said that all of the weapons appeared to be more than 100 years old....

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