M. Pierre Pflimlin has formed a government 'of the centre' in Paris - the 24th?
M. Pierre Pflimlin has formed a government 'of the centre' in Paris - the 24th since the war - and last night against a background of turbulence in the French capital be presented his 'Investiture Speech'.
The turbulence began when M. Pflimlin, the Prime Minister -designate joined the aid Gailliard cabinet at the Matignon, and, shortly after 10:30 pm, suspended the sitting of the National Assembly. Earlier the Communist deputy, M. Waldeck-Rochet had shouted - "While we are debating extremely grave events have taken place in Algeria...."
M. Pflimlin then suspended the assembly. "'I have asked for the sitting to be suspended" he said, "so that those responsible for public order can take the necessary measures..."
Earlier, while M. Pflimlin had been making his Investiture Speech, about 6,000 ex-Servicemen and young right-wing demonstration had marched down the Champs Elysees shouting "Algeria is French". On the bridge of the Place de la Concorde, opposite the National Assembly building, police with truncheons and rifle butts broke up the mob - it was the biggest street demonstration in Paris since the Communists rioted in 1952.
In his speech, N. Pflimlin said he proposed to impose severe austerity measures to provide the Army with the means to crush the rebellion in Algeria. These measures might involved rationing. His speech in which he sought Parliamentary approval of his nomination and policy was applauded by the majority of the National Assembly. It was immediately followed by a debate.