Many Africans were among World leaders who began arriving in Paris today (Wednesday, November the 11th) to attend the Memorial Service for General de Gaulle.
LV General Bokassa out of aircraft and greeted
CU Flag on car
SCU Bokassa enters car.
SV President Tombalbaye of Chad down from aircraft
GV President Tombalbaye across tarmac.
SCU Vice-President Raoul of Congo Peoples Republic talks to reporters.
President Senhor of Senegal down aircraft steps.
SV & GV President Houphouet Boigny down steps of aircraft followed by Presidents Diori of Niger, Lamizana of Upper Volta, and Eyadema of Togo. (3 shots)
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Background: Many Africans were among World leaders who began arriving in Paris today (Wednesday, November the 11th) to attend the Memorial Service for General de Gaulle.
The service is to be held in Notre Dame Cathedral tomorrow morning (Thursday). General de Gaulle will be buried in Colombey-les-deux-Eglises, the small village where he lived, in a private ceremony in the afternoon.
The General requested that the funeral be a simple one with no official delegations attending it.
But Heads of State and leaders from all parts of the world have travelled to Paris to attend the ceremony in Notre Dame, including the Presidents of the United States and the Soviet Union. French authorities said they expected as many as 80 Presidents, Emperors, Princes, Prime Ministers and other leaders to go to Paris in one of the greatest gatherings of world leaders in recent years. Thousands of policemen have been moved in to Paris to protect the leaders.
Among the first of the African leaders to arrive were Presidents Bokassa of Central African Republic, Tombalbaye of Chad, Senghor of Senegal, Houphouet-Boigny of the Ivory Coast, Diori of Niger, Lamizana of Upper Volta, Eyadema of Togo and Vice-President Raoul of the Congo Peoples' Republic.