• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT DE GAULLE'S ANNUAL TRIP EAST, SOME CALL IT A PILGRIMAGE, BEGINS ON TUESDAY (MAY 14).

  • Description

    PRESIDENT DE GAULLE'S ANNUAL TRIP EAST, SOME CALL IT A PILGRIMAGE, BEGINS ON TUESDAY (MAY 14). THIS TIME HIS DESTINATION IS RUMANIA - AND IT PROMISES TO BE MORE TRIUMPHAL THAN HIS POLISH AND RUSSIAN VISITS OF PREVIOUS SPRINGS.

    WHAT WILL HE FIND? IN RECENT WEEKS THE RUMANIAN COMMUNIST PARTY HAS PURGED STALINIST MEMBERS FROM ITS RANKS AND OTHERS HAVE BEEN REHABILITATED, MOSTLY POSTHUMOUSLY.

    RUMANIA CLAIMS THE DISTINCTION OF BEING THE GEOGRAPHICAL CENTRE OF EUROPE AND, AS BEFITS ANYTHING HOLDING THAT POSITION, CONSIDERS ITSELF THE BRIGHTEST GEM OF THE SETTING.

    IT IS A SUPERB MIXTURE OF MOUNTAINS AND SEA, WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF RESOURCES INCLUDING OIL, TIMBER, COAL, NATURAL GAS, ROCK SALT AND IRON ORE. ITS CAPITAL, BUCHAREST, IS TAGGED THE PARIS OF EASTERN EUROPE - A COSMOPOLITAN CITY OF PAVEMENT CAFES, SUN-BLESSED GIRLS AND STURDY BOYS.

    AMERICAN SOFT-DRINKS, WESTERN-MADE MOTOR CARS AND EVEN THE OCCASIONAL POSTERS OF A BARE-BOSOMED DANCER IN A CHAMPAGNE GLASS SYMBOLISE A BLACKENING OF WHAT HAS BEEN A HARSH AND UNRELENTING REGIME.

    BUCHAREST OFFERS MODERN SUPER-MARKETS, NIGHT CLUBS, SURREALIST ART SHOWS AND EVEN A GOLF CLUB - BELIEVED TO BE THE FIRST IN EASTERN EUROPE.

    THOUSANDS OF NEW WESTERN MADE CARS - MOSTLY FRENCH AND GERMAN - ARE AN INDICATION OF THE GROWING PROSPERITY OF RUMANIA AND THE MAN IN THE STREET.

    IN CONTRAST TO THE PRIVATELY-OWNED CARS ARE THE SHABBY BUCHAREST TAXIS - MOSTLY RUSSIAN VOLGAS AND POBEDAS - REMINDERS OF THE DAYS WHEN THE BULK OF RUMANIA'S TRADE WAS WITH THE SOVIET UNION.

    TODAY THE POLICE PATROL THE STREETS OF RUMANIA'S TOWNS IN ROYAL BLUE VOLKSWAGENS - A SYMBOL OF THE COUNTRY'S GROWING COMMERCIAL TIES WITH WEST GERMANY. AND SOMETHING NO DOUBT THAT WILL NOT ESCAPE THE NOTICE OF PRESIDENT DE GAULLE AND HIS VAST ENTOURAGE OF MINISTERS, MINIONS AND JOURNALISTS.

    RUMANIA DOES MORE THAN TWO THIRDS OF ITS COMMERCIAL TRADE WITH ITS COMMUNIST NEIGHBOURS. PRESIDENT DE GAULLE WILL NO DOUBT ASK "WHY NOT MORE WITH FRANCE?" OFFICIAL SOURCES IN PARIS INDICATE THAT RUMANIA'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IS REMARKABLE. MAINLY AN AGRICULTURAL COUNTRY THEY SAY IT IS ABOUT TO BECOME AN IMPORTANT INDUSTRIAL NATION.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9FXF5FDZUS48ZDGZY1QVT81JR
    Media URN:
    VLVA9FXF5FDZUS48ZDGZY1QVT81JR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment