France's ambassador to Spain, M. Robert Gillet, has been ordered not to return to his?
France's ambassador to Spain, M. Robert Gillet, has been ordered not to return to his post in Madrid following the execution of five spanish urban guerrillas.
On Monday (29 September), French President Valery Giscard D'Estaing summoned M. Gillet to the Elysee Palace to give a full report on the recent trials in Madrid. A communique from the Presidential Palace in Paris said details on restrictions imposed on the defence in the trial were particularly wanted.
M. Gillet has been on holiday in France and the communique said he "will not return to his post for the time being"
Meanwhile, demonstrations protesting against the executions have continued throughout the French capital. Fifty thousand demonstrators marched through the city on Monday, coinciding with the decision to keep M. Gillet in France. Riot police fired tear gas grenades across Bastille square to clear if of demonstrators remaining after the protest.
Organisers of the left-wing march also linked arms to block nearby streets. speakers called on demonstrators will left in the area-scene of the storming of the infamous Bastille Prison in the 1789 revolution -- to go home.
The march was led by Socialist leader Francois Mitterrand, Communist Party Secretary-general Georges Marchais and top trade union figures.
Thirty people, 22 of them policemen, were injured during violent disturbances in the Champs-Elysee the previous day.