In spite of two telephone calls warning that there was a bomb aboard the Boeing jet liner, President de Gaulle left Paris on time today (Sunday) for his four-day state visit to Mexico.
In spite of two telephone calls warning that there was a bomb aboard the Boeing jet liner, President de Gaulle left Paris on time today (Sunday) for his four-day state visit to Mexico. An intensive search and check on the fuel supply revealed that there was nothing wrong with the plane and it took off along a run way lined with over 600 police and security officials.
Accompanied by Madame de Gaulle, Foreign Minister Couve de Murville, President de Gaulle will fly to Pointe-a-Pitre, on Guadeloupe Island where he will spend the night. Tomorrow (Monday) he will make the two hour flight to Mexico City in a French Caravelle jet liner.
The President's visit to Mexico is the start of an ambitious plan to revive traditional links between France and Latin America. In the Autumn he will spend a month visiting Peru, the Argentine, Brazil, Uruguay and Chile.
His talks with Mexican officials are expected to cover the expansion of trade and investment in Mexico, and the possibilities of French cultural, technical and agricultural aid. Recently the President has been taking Spanish Lessons and is expected to make at least part of his speeches in Spanish. A strong contingent of French security men have already arrived in Mexico to reinforce local security forces in guarding against the possibility of an assassination attempt. In Mexico City he will be making his main speech from the balcony of the Presidential Palace - an unprecedented honour for a foreigner.