In a special session at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Dec 8, the French Cabinet announced that the national referendum deciding he future of Algeria is to be held on Jan 8.
In a special session at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Dec 8, the French Cabinet announced that the national referendum deciding he future of Algeria is to be held on Jan 8. A three-week campaign preceding the referendum will be opened by President de Gaulle, who is to address the nation on Dec. 20.
The Council of Ministers settled the final text of a draft law to be submitted to the French people in two parts. One concerns the process by which the Algerians will choose their own future once peace has returned to the country; the other deals with the provisional institutions under which they will be governed in the meantime.
Conditions laid down for the referendum campaign provide for the participation of any political party with an organised group either in the Senate or the National Assembly. Such parties have the right to put up posters on official hoardings, to hold public meetings, and to make broadcasts on radio and television.
Major changes in the French administration of Algeria include the appointment of M. Delaballe - now prefect of the Oise Department as secretary-general of the new Ministry of State for Algerian Affairs. For the first time, two Moslem prefects have been appointed in Algeria; they will administer the departments of Orleansville and Saida.
General de Gaulle - who called and presided over the Cabinet meeting is off to Algeria, Dec 9, on a five-day tour of inspection. Accompanied by a number of Ministers, he is expected to have talks with military commanders and civil administrators. Details of his itinerary are being kept secret.