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    By a 329 to 224 vote,
    the French National Assembly accepted Gen. Charles De Gaulle as?

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    Background: By a 329 to 224 vote,
    the French National Assembly accepted Gen. Charles De Gaulle as Prime Minister,
    on the evening of June 1st. For the greater part of the week-end the General has
    worked on the composition of his cabinet, conferring with party leaders and
    former ministers.

    The General is Defence Minister as well as Prime Minister. Among four Ministers
    of State at the head of the Government are M. Pflimlin, outgoing Premier, and M.

    Mollet, the Socialist leader. Four non-party politicians include Andre Malraux,
    the author.

    At his meeting with party leaders on Saturday, May 31st., when he decided to
    seek a vote, Gen. De Gaulle pledged respect for the North Atlantic and Common
    Market treaties and the Euratom agreements. For Algeria, which he is to visit on
    Wednesday, June 3rd., he proposed a Franco-Moslem Federation of semi-autonomous
    territories, which would be linked with a wider grouping embracing Tunisia and

    After the General had presented his 15-min Cabinet to President Coty and held
    the first Cabinet meeting, Deputies were re-assembled for a night debate on the
    Bill to grant him special powers. Two Bills at present under discussion
    transfers emergency powers in Algeria to the Government and will give the
    General a mandate to revise the Constitution and submit reforms to a

    General Charles De Gaulle spoke for about 10-minute to the Assembly on Sunday,
    giving but the scantiest sketch of his policies, creating misgivings and serious
    doubts among the Deputies. When he had finished and left the Chamber, Deputies
    declared whether they were for or against the De Gaulle Government and stated
    their reasons. M. Mendes-France, a former Prime Minister, said, "The Fourth
    Republic is perishing because of its own faults. The system which Gen. De Gaulle
    so often criticised, and which merited his criticism, has failed. It is not
    democracy and the party system which should be condemned but only the bad use of
    it". He declared that he could not support a government that come to power by
    insurrection and he abhorred the fact that the vote to be taken was a form of
    black-mail, with civil war as the threat.

    Strangely no member of the Algerian Republic Safety Committee nor any instigator
    of the uprising have been given Government posts.

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