• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT DE GAULLE OF FRANCE AND HIS WIFE ARRIVED AT GATWICK AIRPORT, UK, NOV 24 TO SPEND THE WEEKEND PRIVATELY WITH BRITISH PRIME MINISTER HAROLD MACMILLAN AND HIS WIFE AT BIRCH GROVE, THEIR COUNTRY HOME IN SUSSEX.

  • Description

    PRESIDENT DE GAULLE OF FRANCE AND HIS WIFE ARRIVED AT GATWICK AIRPORT, UK, NOV 24 TO SPEND THE WEEKEND PRIVATELY WITH BRITISH PRIME MINISTER HAROLD MACMILLAN AND HIS WIFE AT BIRCH GROVE, THEIR COUNTRY HOME IN SUSSEX. IT WAS THEIR FIRST MEETING SINCE JANUARY WHEN MR MACMILLAN WENT TO FRANCE FOR A PRIVATE MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT AT THE CHATEAU OF RAMBOUILLET.

    LEADING THE WELCOMING PARTY AT THE AIRPORT WAS LORD SCARBROUGH, THE LORD CHAMBERLAIN, REPRESENTING QUEEN ELIZABETH. MR MACMILLAN AND LADY DOROTHY MACMILLAN WERE ALSO THERE. GATWICK AIRPORT WAS GUARDED LIKE A FORTRESS FOR THE OCCASION. POLICE REINFORCEMENTS WERE DEPLOYED AROUND THE AIRFIELD BECAUSE OF FEARS THAT FANATICAL OPPONENTS OF THE PRESIDENT'S ALGERIAN POLICY MIGHT MAKE A BOMB ATTACK ON THE PRESIDENT'S LIFE.

    ARMED SECURITY OFFICERS MINGLED WITH PASSENGERS IN THE LOUNGE AND BARS AND OUT ON THE FLIGHT POINTS. LUGGAGE WAS CAREFULLY CHECKED. PRESIDENT DE GAULLE INSPECTED A ROYAL AIR FORCE GUARD OF HONOUR BEFORE THE DRIVE TO BIRCH GROVE.

    THE TWO WESTERN LEADERS WILL BE DISCUSSING CURRENT WORLD ISSUES - THE MAIN TWO BEING BERLIN AND BRITAIN'S POSSIBLE ENTRY INTO THE EUROPEAN COMMON MARKET. IT IS CONSIDERED UNLIKELY THAT A STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE INFORMAL TALKS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA3SETA07ZHS0M7THGSH25Z3YK
    Media URN:
    VLVAA3SETA07ZHS0M7THGSH25Z3YK
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/11/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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