President Charles de'Gulle of France was given a wildly enthusiastic reception by a crowd of 50,000 cheering students when he visited the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City, Wednesday (18 March).
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Background: President Charles de'Gulle of France was given a wildly enthusiastic reception by a crowd of 50,000 cheering students when he visited the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City, Wednesday (18 March). It was be far the most enthusiastic reception of his visit to Mexico.
Earlier President De Gaulle visited the Franco-Mexican High School (Licei Franci-Mexicano) where he unveiled a plaque and addressed the student body.
During his visit to the sprawling, modernistic University, General De Gaulle was mobbed several time by surging groups of students chanting "De Gaulle, De Gaulle, De Gaulle," as his procession moved toward the auditorium where he addressed the student body.
The huge crowd of students milled about and shoved and shouted while trying to get closet to the French President. For a time the situation got dangerous. Police used fists to clear a way through the mob. Several students fainted and glass doors and windows were shattered.
The 73-year old President, perspiring in the warm, sunny weather, soon tired of the melee. But he recovered quickly once inside the auditorium where he spoke.
In the auditorium General de Gaulle was an obvious hit. His speech praised the 413-year-old school and reiterated his theme that Mexico and France have endless things in common and ought to get together.