The 3-day meeting in Bordeaux of France's U.N.R. party - the Gaullist Union for the?
The 3-day meeting in Bordeaux of France's U.N.R. party - the Gaullist Union for the new Republic - came to an end, November 15, with a speech from Prime Minister Debre. It was the U.N.R.'s first national congress, and although the final resolution - expressing full confidence in General de Gaulle's Algerian policy - gave an appearance of party solidarity, conflicting ideas on Algeria had earlier in the meeting led to some hard debating.
M.Debre's speech was largely devoted to showing how France's position had improved since General de Gaulle came to power. Her balance of payments was better than it had been for the past 30 years, said the Prime Minister, but the position should be improved further and new reforms were needed.
Concerning Algeria, he said that only France could settle the problem, and only General de Gaulle's Algerian policy would lead to a settlement. The Prime Minister was warmly applauded by his fellow party members as he entered the hall. Shortly before there had been angry scenes when supporters of M. Soustelle, Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister's office and a leading exponent of Algeria's integration with France, protested that a rival group in the party unfairly increased its representation on the party committee.