• Short Summary

    AT THE START OF ONE THE LONGEST VISITS HE HAS EVER PAID TO ANY PART OF FRANCE, PRESIDENT CHARLES DE GAULLE ARRIVED AT RENNES, THE FIRST STOP ON HIS THREE-DAY TOUR OF THE RESTLESS NORTH-WEST PROVINCE OF BRITTANY.

  • Description

    AT THE START OF ONE THE LONGEST VISITS HE HAS EVER PAID TO ANY PART OF FRANCE, PRESIDENT CHARLES DE GAULLE ARRIVED AT RENNES, THE FIRST STOP ON HIS THREE-DAY TOUR OF THE RESTLESS NORTH-WEST PROVINCE OF BRITTANY.

    BRITTANY HAS, FOR THE LAST 40 YEARS BEEN PRESSING FOR GREATER AUTONOMY IN REGIONAL AFFAIRS. BETTER ECONOMIC AID FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND STRAIGHT NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE. MOST OF THIS PRESSURE HAS BEEN EXERTED BY SEVERAL LOOSELY-FORMED "PARTIES" OF WHICH THE STRONGEST AND MOST WELL-KNOWN IS THE BRITTANY LIBERATION FRONT (FLB) WHICH CLAIMS IN THE LAST TWO YEARS TO HAVE CARRIED OUT SOME 30 BOMB ATTACKS ON PUBLIC BUILDING REPRESENTATIVE OF CENTRALISED ???.

    AT THIS LAST CABINET MEETING BEFORE LEAVING FOR BRITTANY, PRESIDENT DE GAULLE SAID: "I ATTACH THE GREATEST NATIONAL IMPORTANCE TO MY TRIP". AND INDEED IT WOULD SEEM TO BE VITAL IN THE CONTEXT OF THE GOVERNMENT'S DECENTRALISATION PLANS. IT IS ALSO CONSIDERED A KEEN OF LOCAL REACTIONS TO THE REFORMS IN REGIONAL ADMINISTRATION WHICH WILL BE PROPOSED IN THE REFERENDUM LATER THIS YEAR AS PART OF THE GENERAL'S "PARTICIPATION PROGRAMME".

    AT RENNES, SCUFFLES BROKE OUT AMONG THE CROWDS AS THE PRESIDENT WAS CONSULTING WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS IN THE TOWN HALL OF RENNES 45 MINUTES AFTER HIS ARRIVAL. PRO AND ANTI DE GAULLE SLOGANS SUCH AS "DE GAULLE TO THE DUNG HEAP", "THE BOLSHEVIKS TO PRAGUE", "DE GAULLE TO THE GALLOWS" AND "VIVE DE GAULLE, ALTERNATED WHILE POLICE BROKE UP THE UPROAR.

    THE PRESIDENT WAS NOT DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN ANY OF THE SCUFFLES AND DROVE FROM THE TOWN HALL TO VISIT A LOCAL HOUSING ESTATE BEFORE GOING UP IN A HELICOPTER TO VIEW THE CITY.

    ON SUNDAY, WHEN HE SPEAKS AT QUIMPER HE IS EXPECTED TO GIVE ??? IMPETUS TO THE PROCESS OF ECONOMIC REGENERATION ALREADY BEGUN IN BRITTANY, INCLUDING THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE GO-AHEAD FOR CREATING EUROPE'S LEADING OIL PORT AT DOUARNENEZ BETWEEN BREST AND QUIMPER. WITH FACILITIES FOR 500,000-TON TANKERS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5GFLF0GHFTSY6VMX84FS7K0U3
    Media URN:
    VLVA5GFLF0GHFTSY6VMX84FS7K0U3
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/01/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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