Paris -- French President Charles de Gaulle hinted at his press conference September 9 he may pull France out of the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO) by 1969.
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Background: Paris -- French President Charles de Gaulle hinted at his press conference September 9 he may pull France out of the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO) by 1969.
Conceding that France no longer was the nation she was under Louis XLV or Napoleon, he said that she was a growing nation, "a people that is climbing upwards today."
"For this reason one cannot see why France should give up having her own policy."
He said France considers a western alliance for the defense Europe a necessity for a long time to come, but noted that the NATO treaty comes up for renewal in 1969.
"In 1969 at the very latest will end the subordination which places our destinies in the hands of foreigners," he said.
"One she has recovered her independence, France - despite passions and objections and over and above the rivalries and ambitions of nations - will be able to be a champion of cooperation."
On the India-Pakistan conflict De Gaulle said it was a "deplorable conflict". But we know that the United Nations is feeling with it and one can only hope that these moves will make it possible to achieve at least a cease-fire."
He admitted, however, that the cease-fire would only be a "temporary solution."
On the Common market crisis De Gaulle said the split between France and her partners on June 30 was "inevitable" because, he asserted, it showed their reluctance to reach agreement on an agricultural Common Market.
He said that in signing the Common Market, Euratom and European Coal and Steel pool treaty France had accepted the demands of the other five countries. But he complained they failed to take into account her legitimate claims for an agricultural agreement. He said France was ready to resume her place in the EEC as soon as an agricultural agreement was genuinely adopted.