Highlight of day-one of his twelve-day State visit to France, was a banquet given in Soviet Premier Krushchev's honour at the Elysee Palace, Paris, Mar 23.
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Background: Highlight of day-one of his twelve-day State visit to France, was a banquet given in Soviet Premier Krushchev's honour at the Elysee Palace, Paris, Mar 23.
A glittering array of French 'high society' and foreign diplomats greeted the Russian leader and his wife as they arrived with their hosts, President and Madame De Gaulle.
In proposing his guest's health at the banquet, President De Gaulle said that Premier Krushchev was in Paris because Russia and France wanted to meet each other. Despite their differing political structures, Russia and France were both daughters of the same mother, Europe.
Replying to the toast, Premier Krushchev said it was necessary to conclude a peace treaty with Germany, "Everybody would benefit from this", he said, "the sooner the military groupings which have been created in Europe are liquidated, the better it will be for peace."
At a reception prior to the banquet, Premier Krushchev surprised everyone by suddenly rising to his feet, shaking the hand of President De Gaulle and leaving twenty-five minutes before schedule. The decision took his son Sorgei and Foreign Minister Gromyko unawares. They were still chatting to guests in an anteroom when the Premier left. Russian officials explained that it must be remembered Premier Krushchev "only got up from his bed last Thursday". This was a reference to an attack of Influenza that delayed his Paris visit.