Avignon and Orange, France, 9/25 - President De Gaulle warned on Sept.25th that he is determined to push ahead with nuclear testing and to make France a major atomic power rather than submit to what he described as the nuclear 'hegemony' of the United States and Russia.
Avignon and Orange, France, 9/25 - President De Gaulle warned on Sept.25th that he is determined to push ahead with nuclear testing and to make France a major atomic power rather than submit to what he described as the nuclear 'hegemony' of the United States and Russia.At the same time he dropped a broad hint that he will probably run for a second term -"since I have the strength to do so" he said.
De Gaulle delivered five speeches during the first full day of a five-day meet-the-people tour through the Rhone valley area of southern France.He was spending night in the ancient walled city of Avignon.
In the constitutional referendum last October, about 65% of voters in this area voted against him and 25 local labour unions have called on the population to boycott him.
Security precautions were strict following reports which reached police that the outlawed Secret Army Organisation (OAS), which had made several unsuccessful attempts to assassinate De Gaulle, might try again.
In all his speeches De Gaulle took great pains to explain why he has refused to sign the Moscow Nuclear Test Ban Agreement and is determined to push ahead with French tests.He said France must have nuclear weapons for her own defence and that she cannot do so until she has completed her tests.
De Gaulle also made it clear that he is determined to continue his "odd man out" foreign policies, though he denied that this was leading France into "isolation".He said France would continue to be a member of the United Nations, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisations.