• Short Summary

    THE FRENCH MILITARY STAFF COLLEGE IN PARIS WAS THE SETTING CHOSEN TODAY (FRIDAY) FOR A PLOT TO KILL PRESIDENT DE GAULLE.

  • Description

    THE FRENCH MILITARY STAFF COLLEGE IN PARIS WAS THE SETTING CHOSEN TODAY (FRIDAY) FOR A PLOT TO KILL PRESIDENT DE GAULLE. IT WAS WIDELY KNOWN IN THE CAPITAL THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS DUE TO MAKE A TOUR OF INSPECTION OF THE COLLEGE. THE WOULD-BE ASSASSINS PLANNED TO SHOOT DE GAULLE FROM WINDOW USING A SNIPER'S RIFLE WITH TELESCOPIC SIGHTS.

    ACCORDING TO REPORTS, AN ANONYMOUS TELEPHONE CALL FROM A WOMAN WAS RECEIVED DURING THE NIGHT BY THE POLICE. AFTER THE MYSTERY CALL, A SPECIAL SQUAD OF SECRET POLICE IN HIGH-POWERED CARS RAIDED THE HOMES OF SUSPECTED ARMY OFFICERS AND TOOK THEM AWAY FOR QUESTIONING.

    SEVEN PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE PLOT - SIX OFFICERS AND THE WOMAN TEACHER OF ENGLISH AT THE MILITARY COLLEGE. THE INTENDED MURDER WEAPON WAS FOUND AT THE HOME OF ONE OF THE SUSPECTS. FIRST INQUIRIES INDICATE A LINK BETWEEN THESE PLOTTERS AND ONE OF THE ACCUSED IN THE CURRENT TRIAL OF 15 MEN INVOLVED IN THE ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT OF LAST AUGUST.

    PRESIDENT DE GAULLE, WEARING THE UNIFORM OF A GENERAL, INSISTED ON CARRYING OUT TODAY'S VISIT. HE ARRIVED IN A BULLET-PROOF CITROEN, AS GUARDS PLACED ON EVERY ROOF-TOP AROUND THE COLLEGE WERE AT THE READY WITH SUB-MACHINE GUNS. THE PRESIDENT REMAINED FOR TWO AND HALF HOURS, DURING WHICH TIME HE ADDRESSED THE STUDENTS - WHO REMAINED IGNORANT OF THE PLOT.

    SHORTLY BEFORE LUNCH, THE PRESIDENT LEFT FOR THE ELYSEE PALACE TO KEEP A LUNCHEON APPOINTMENT WITH PRESIDENT SENGHOR OF THE SENEGAL REPUBLIC. AS HE LEFT PRESIDENT SENGHOR SAID THAT HIS HOST HAD BEEN RELAXED AND SMILING DURING THE MEAL, AND THE ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT HAD NOT BEEN MENTIONED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA38TPQHVOTSDKDBDLIS2CIYQDU
    Media URN:
    VLVA38TPQHVOTSDKDBDLIS2CIYQDU
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/02/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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