Former President Richard Nixon has stepped into the international limelight for the first time since he resigned from his office in disgrace in 1974.
Former President Richard Nixon has stepped into the international limelight for the first time since he resigned from his office in disgrace in 1974. His first stop was Paris and then he flew on to England.
SYNOPSIS: In Paris on Tuesday (28 November) Mr Nixon appeared on television and answered questions from viewers. He said all his tribulations would be worthwhile if his grandchildren could live in peace. He also too the final responsibility for the Watergate scandal which he said had an adverse effect on may aspects of U.S. policy. He said it influenced the outcome of the war in Vietnam and issues affecting the middle East and energy consumption.
In Britain, Mr Nixon planned to address the Oxford University student debating society.
Mr Nixon is staying at London's Claridges Hotel during his visit. An official from the Foreign Office said normal courtesies would be extended to the former head of state, but no arrangements had been made for him to meet British Government Ministers ... nor did he ask to. A group of students at Oxford University are not extending as warm a welcome. They object to Mr Nixon's visit to their university and warned of hostile demonstrations.
But Mr Nixon says he does not intend just to fade away and play golf or watch the Pacific Ocean at his California home. He says he will do what he can in public life to speak out on the issues which affect the peace of the world.