• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT DE GAULLE OF FRANCE AND HIS WIFE ENDED THEIR PRIVATE WEEKEND VISIT NOV 26 TO BIRCH GROVE, COUNTRY HOME IN SUSSEX OF BRITISH PRIME MINISTER HAROLD MACMILLAN AND HIS WIFE.

  • Description

    PRESIDENT DE GAULLE OF FRANCE AND HIS WIFE ENDED THEIR PRIVATE WEEKEND VISIT NOV 26 TO BIRCH GROVE, COUNTRY HOME IN SUSSEX OF BRITISH PRIME MINISTER HAROLD MACMILLAN AND HIS WIFE. NO COMMUNIQUE WAS ISSUED - THE EMPHASIS WAS ON THE PRIVATE, INFORMAL AND PERSONAL CHARACTER OF THE VISIT.

    THE BERLIN PROBLEM IS UNDERSTOOD TO HAVE DOMINATED THEIR TALKS, AND THERE WAS SOME DISCUSSION ON BRITAIN'S HOPES OF JOINING THE EUROPEAN COMMON MARKET. STRICT SECURITY MEASURES WERE IN FORCE DURING THEIR ARRIVAL AND STAY AT BIRCH GROVE, WHERE POLICE - MANY WITH DOES - PATROLLED THE GROUNDS OUTSIDE.

    GLOOM, HOWEVER, SURROUNDED THE DEPARTURE FOR FRANCE OF PRESIDENT AND MADAME DE GAULLE. FOG AND ICE MADE DRIVING CONDITIONS TRICKY IN MANY COUNTIES OF THE U.K...AND AFFECTED THE PRESIDENTIAL ROUTE TO GATWICK AIRPORT IN SURREY.

    FOG HAD GROUNDED OTHER AIRLINERS, BUT IT WAS CONSIDERED JUST SAFE FOR THE PRESIDENT'S SMALL AIRCRAFT TO TAKE OFF, AS IT DID NOT NEED MUCH RUNWAY SPACE. AT TAKE-OFF, THE FOG WAS DOWN TO BETWEEN 65 AND 95 YEARS. PRESIDENT DE GAULLE AND HIS WIFE WERE SEEN OFF BY MR. MACMILLAN AND LADY DOROTHY MACMILLAN - AND ANOTHER HOST OF SECURITY MEN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA66CZW7IBVL4PDTCGL4F4BK27Y
    Media URN:
    VLVA66CZW7IBVL4PDTCGL4F4BK27Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/11/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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