China's 800 million population have begun ten days of mourning for Chairman Mao. Black-edged newspapers?
GVs EXTERIOR People's Republic of China Embassy in Paris (2 shots)
SV Man carrying wreath into embassy
SVs People carrying portraits of late Chairman Mao outside embassy (2 shots)
SV PAN Official party leaving embassy as crowd give clenched fists salute
Background: China's 800 million population have begun ten days of mourning for Chairman Mao. Black-edged newspapers carried a huge portrait of Mao over the entire front page on Friday (10 September) and many people wore black armbands. Political observers say there is no obvious successor to Mao, and the Chinese Communist Party will now have to set about finding one.
Tributes to the late Chinese leader, Chairman Mao Tse Tung, have been coming from around the world following his death in Peking on Thursday (9 September). The United States President, Gerald Ford, said that the influence of Chairman Mao on history "would extend far beyond the borders of China". The French President, Valery Giscard d'Estaing, hailed Mao as a statesman of exceptional stature.
SYNOPSIS: The Chinese Embassy in Paris is just one that has gone into mourning following the death of the Chinese leader. Wreaths were sent to the embassy throughout the day from various organisations and individuals. A large crowd of people gathered outside the embassy to pay tribute to Chairman Mao. President Giscard said the late Chinese leader rescued China from humiliation, and restored it to the central place acknowledged by history. He went on to say that Mao had made his mark on the destiny of China and the world by the magnitude of his achievements. President Ford and the Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, were equally strong in their praise of Chairman Mao.