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    The first of a batch of 1000 cedar trees, a tribute from Lebanon, were planted in France on Thursday (9 Nov), on the second anniversary of President de Gaulle's death.

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    The first of a batch of 1000 cedar trees, a tribute from Lebanon, were planted in France on Thursday (9 Nov), on the second anniversary of President de Gaulle's death.

    Ex-President Helou of Lebanon placed the trees near the late French leader's tomb in the tiny village of Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises.

    This was just one of many ceremonies which took place all over France to commemorate the De Gaulle anniversary. Many Gaullists took advantage of the day to voice yet again their criticism that President Pompidou is losing contact with many of the dead leader's principles.

    Some of the diehard disciples of De Gaulle philosophies are now looking to the General's son, Rear-Admiral Philippe de Gaulle, who at 50 bears a striking resemblance to his dead father. But the Admiral has already used French national television to make it clear he has absolutely no political interests or intentions.

    SYNOPSIS: The tiny French village of Colombeydes-Deux-Eglises is assured of a place in history...for it is here that France's famous leader Charles De Gaulle now lies at rest.

    Thursday marked the second anniversary of the general's death, and a series of commemorative services and ceremonies around France were headed by a gathering at the De Gaulle tomb. In attendance were senior government officials, and old-soldier veterans, who worked alongside the general during World War Two.

    Members of the De Gaulle family were also at the Colombey service, including the general's son, fifty-year-old Rear-Admiral Philipe De Gaulle...who bears a striking resemblance to his late father.

    The first of a thousand cedar trees presented by people of Lebanon in memory of Charles De Gaulle, were planted near the grave by ex-President Helou of Lebanon. The emotion which swept France on the anniversary of the great leader's death, caused many active Gaullists to voice once more their fears that the Pompidou line is straying too far from the General's principles. Some are even hoping that his son, Philippe, will step into his father's shoes....but the Rear-Admiral has made it quite clear he has absolutely no political ambitions or intentions.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3KNK7HCOGK6XLERH7SLIE7EP
    Media URN:
    VLVA3KNK7HCOGK6XLERH7SLIE7EP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/11/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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