The United Arab Republic declared seven days of mourning for General de Gaulle and the Prime Minister, Dr.
The United Arab Republic declared seven days of mourning for General de Gaulle and the Prime Minister, Dr. Mahmoud Fawzi, flew to Paris for the memorial service at Notre Dame Cathedral. In another Arab country, Tunisia, the former French President's death was also deeply felt and the Prime Minister, Mr. Hedi Nouira, presented his condolences at the French Embassy before flying to Paris.
In Cairo an official spokesman said that the General's death caused new and deep sorrow for the people of Egypt, still mourning President Nasser. Describing General de Gaulle as "one of the greatest statesmen of the 20th Century", he said Egyptians would remember him as a liberation hero, a man of peace and a just and honest statesman. Egypt had lost an irreplaceable friend.
The Arab League assistant secretary-general, Dr. Sayed Nofal, commended the French leader for his attitude to Israel. The general imposed an arms embargo on Israel early in 1969.
The French Ambassador attended a memorial service in Cairo at which all countries with missions in Cairo were represented.
In Tunis the Prime Minister, Mr. Nouira, the Foreign Minister, Mr. Masmoudi, and other members of the Government called at the French Embassy to present their sympathy. Tunisia has maintained lose and friendly relations with France.