On his first day in Paris Mar 23 Soviet Prime Minister Nikita Khruschev in a full day of engagements drove with President de Gaulle along a crowded Champs-Elysees to lay a wreath at the Arc de Triomphe, France's shrine to the Unknown Soldier.
Crowds in Champs-Elysees, motor-cavalcade drives to Arc de Triomphe, Khruschev lays wreath, signs Visitors Book, Khruschev with de Gaulle.
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Background: On his first day in Paris Mar 23 Soviet Prime Minister Nikita Khruschev in a full day of engagements drove with President de Gaulle along a crowded Champs-Elysees to lay a wreath at the Arc de Triomphe, France's shrine to the Unknown Soldier.
The crowds gave M. Khruschev the biggest welcome of the day. In warm Spring sunshine they packed the pavements behind lines of troops and police officers. Most had hand periscopes to catch a glimpse of him and de Gaulle in the open presidential car surrounded by 64 police motor-cyclists.
Many in the crowd were from the Communist-controlled suburbs, shouting 'Khruschev, Khruschev.' And a rhythmic chant of 'Disarmament, Disarmament' punctuated the wreath-laying ceremony.
They first day passed without serious incident though shortly before the President and M. Khruschev arrived at the Arc de Triomphe unknown persons threw nails over the heads of the security cordons into the Champs-Elysees Avenue. Three city road-sweeping machines removed the nails in time.
The wreath-laying ceremony - held after M. Khrushchev's first French lunch at the presidential Elysee Palace - was the first major chance for Parisians to assemble in number to see M. Khruschev. Unprecedented security measures in a nation with the largest Communist Party membership in the West were in force.