The first national congress of France's U.N.R. party - Gaullist Union for the New Republic?
The first national congress of France's U.N.R. party - Gaullist Union for the New Republic - was marked by a clash of ideas on President de Gaulle's Algerian policy, and by a struggle between two groups within the party. Filmed at Bordeaux - November 14 - during the conference's last stages, were M. Chaban-Delmas, mayor of Bordeaux, President of the National Assembly, and one of the party's founder members; Minister of Information Frey; and the two party leaders heading rival factions at the 3-day congress, retiring secretary-general Chalandon, and Minister Delegate to the Premier's Office Soustelle.
At the closing session (November 15) - attended by Prime Minister Debre - Soustelle's supporters noisily protested against the increase in membership and voting power allocated to the Chalandon group. On Algerian policy, Soustelle supporters at first demanded that a resolution expressing full confidence in De Gaulle's policy should be amended, but finally a motion was carried unanimously, expressing full confidence in President De Gaulle, and favouring close union between France and Algeria. Owing to a power failure, M. Debre addressed the final meeting in almost complete darkness, and without a microphone.