Gen. De Gaulle carried his campaign for equal political rights and reconciliation from Algiers to?
Gen. De Gaulle carried his campaign for equal political rights and reconciliation from Algiers to Constantine and Bone, in the north-east of Algeria, on Thursday, June 5th. He was given a thunderous reception by vast crowds in this "hard-core" rebel area.
In Constantine, 40 military policemen were grouped round the General to prevent his being mobbed. Although Bone is guarded by paratroops against rebel attacks, the General walked into the crowd and shoke hands with the Moslems.
He repeated with even greater emphasis his Algiers declaration on Wednesday, June 4th., that "all barriers must fall. The million Europeans and the nine million Moslems in Algeria must, as 10 million Frenchmen, have the same rights.
His Constantine speech clarified the Algier reference to a vote within three months. He made it clear that Algerians would be taking part in the referendum on the reform of the French Constitution. The they must elect "the peoples' representative. Doubt remained about whether a new, democratic Algeria would be fully integrated with France. Gaullist opinion in Paris was that a federal solution was still intended.
As in Algiers, the Constantine crowds called for M. Soustelle. According to reports current,, M. Soustelle is to be given a "high post" in the Government.
The National Liberation Front leaders------the Algerian rebels-----issued a communique in Cairo, rejecting the de Gaulle proposals for Algeria.