Eighty world leaders are expected to attend tomorrow's (Thursday) Memorial service for General Charles de Gaulle in Notre Dame Cathedral - and already many of them have arrived in Paris.
Eighty world leaders are expected to attend tomorrow's (Thursday) Memorial service for General Charles de Gaulle in Notre Dame Cathedral - and already many of them have arrived in Paris. Among those who arrived today (Wednesday) were the Shah of Iran; President Jonas of Austria: Foreign Minister Bouteflika of Algeria; Federal Assembly President Popovic of Yugoslavia; crown Prince charles of Britain, accompanied by Prime Minister Heath and three former Prime Ministers - Wilson, MacMillan and Eden (Lord Avon); Vice President Ammash of Iraq; and President Makarios of Cyprus.
Some ten thousand French security men have been mobilised in Paris to protect the world leaders and keep the flow of traffic moving during tomorrow. They have been drawn from the para-military Compagnie Republicaine de Securite? the Gendarmerie Nationale and the Force Municipal. They are posted at both Paris airports, Orly and Le Bourget, and lined along both their routes into the city. There are also special round-the-clock guards on Embassies and hotels where the foreign dignitaries will be staying.
In all - apart from the 80 foreign leaders - there are some 2,300 specially-invited guests at the Notre Dame Memorial Service.
SYNOPSIS: The airports of Paris have been the scene of many arrivals of world leaders congregating for the Memorial Service for General de Gaulle on Thursday. An early arrival was Shah Reza Pahlavi of Iran, who was greeted by French Foreign Minister Maurice Schumann.
The Shah is only one of eighty foreign leaders and two-thousand three-hundred other specially-invited guests to attend the service in Notre Dame Cathedral.
Foreign Minister Abdul Aziz Bouteflika of Algeria - a country whose independence was one of the major issues of General de Gaulle's years in the Presidency.
President Dr. Franz Jonas of Austria was followed shortly by the President of the Yugoslav National Assembly, Milentije Popovic.
One of the largest delegations was that headed by Crown Prince Charles of Great Britain, accompanied by Prime Minister Edward Heath, and three former Prime Ministers - Harold Wilson, Harold MacMillan and Anthony Eden (now Lord Avon). They were met by British Ambassador Christopher Soames and his wife Mary - the daughter of Winston Churchill.
Vice President Saleh Mahdi Ammash arrived in representation of the Revolutionary Government of Iraq; and Cyprus is represented by President Archbishop Makarios.