Thousands of people gathered in an eastern paris park on June 19 for an "anti-nuclear peace picnic", regarded by political analysts as a Communist Party challenge to socialist President Mitterrand's nuclear deterrent policy.
GVs Demonstrators carrying banners and waving flowers.
GV Car with float of baby and missile and sing saying "I love life".
GVs Demonstrators with anti-nuclear banners.
SV Mother and son wearing "I love peace" T-shirts.
GVs Peace protesters.(2 SHOTS)
GV More banners and peace demonstrators.
GVs Chanting and giving peace sign.
GV People walking underneath banners.
GV Entrance to the fete.
GV PAN Protesters assembled at rally.
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Background: Thousands of people gathered in an eastern paris park on June 19 for an "anti-nuclear peace picnic", regarded by political analysts as a Communist Party challenge to socialist President Mitterrand's nuclear deterrent policy. The gathering, in the woods of Vincennes, was organised by the French Communist Party and a committee of 100, which included members of other parties. It called for the unilateral abolition of nuclear arms. Demonstrators, who waved "peace banners", spent the day picnicking and listening to music and speeches. The organisers will send a delegation to Geneva. Switzerland, on June 23 in the hope of meeting negotiators from the U.S. Soviet arms limitation talks. Many political analysts regard the gathering, the biggest such event in France since march in paris by 200,00 anti-nuclear protesters in June last year, as an indirect challenge by the Communist Party to the government's commitment to an independent French nuclear deterrent. However, the Socialist Party, which boycotted the picnic, said the Pacifist rally "failed to express our position which is for security as well as peace". France is outside the north Atlantic Treaty Organisation's (NATO) military structure but is a member of the political framework.