The Fonquec-Duparc Stadium at Oran, Algeria, was picked tight with 70,000 Moslem and European supporters of the Massu-Salan-Soustelle rising.
The Fonquec-Duparc Stadium at Oran, Algeria, was picked tight with 70,000 Moslem and European supporters of the Massu-Salan-Soustelle rising. Both M. Jacques Soustelle and General Salan spoke to their crowd. Soustelle told the gathering that, "There will be no interference by others in our personal affairs nor any foreign good offices. Our union is complete." He went on to say that there would be no negotiations with the Algerian rebels.
On the evening of the 23rd. the Algerian Public Safety Committee, with Gen. Massu and Dr. Sid Carra as joint-presidents, called on the parliamentarians in France to stay there and wage the war on the spot. Their presence in France was indispensable. The appeal went on to say that their only choice was a Government of Public Safety under Gen. de Gaulle, or collaboration with the Communists.
There was a meeting of the newly constituted Algerian Public Safety Committee on the 23rd. at the Summer Palace. After the elections for president and vice-president---Dr. Sid Carra, a Moslem, and Col. Massu, the paratroop officer who led the Initial uprising in Algeria, were made joint-president, and General Joubaud vice-president-the Committee went out on to a balcony to speak to a tremendous gathering of Moslem and European men and woman.
Meanwhile the situation in other parts of France and the French forces is critical. Corsica has thrown its lot in with the pro-de Gaulle movement, led by M. Pascal Arrighi, a Corsican Deputy. On Saturday, 24th May, M. Arrighi arrived at dawn with a regular parachute regiment officer from Algeria. Their visit port of call was the headquarters of the local parachute regiment base at Calvi. Then they went to M. Savreux, the Prefect, and asked him to join the movement, he refused and managed to wake the Government in Paris. who sent a plane load of riot police to the Island. Almost as soon as their plane touched down they either surrendered in the face of a gun bristling line of paratroopers, or volunteered to join them, reports are conflicting on this incident. A 12-man Committee of Public Safety has been set up.
The latest development has been the mysterious departure of several major French naval units from Malta, after the arrival on that island of Admiral Auboyneau, the pro-Gaullist French Mediterranean Commander, from Algeria. One aircraft carrier, the Lafayette, and five destroyers comprised this group and so far there is no knowledge of their whereabouts.