Soviet Prime Minister Nikita Khrushchev, on the first day of his 12-day visit to France, met representatives of pro-Communist organisations at a Quai d'Orsay reception, Paris, Mar 23.
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CV INT Khrushchev greets guests
CU Mrs. Khrushchev
MV Khrushchev waves from window
MV Crowd around khrushchev
CV Khrushchev receives book. Shakes hands
CU Khrushchev speaks
MV Mrs. Khrushchev
SV Crowd in room
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Background: Soviet Prime Minister Nikita Khrushchev, on the first day of his 12-day visit to France, met representatives of pro-Communist organisations at a Quai d'Orsay reception, Paris, Mar 23.
A delegation from the France-Russia Association included author Jean-Paul Sartre, and editor d'Astier de la Vierie of the left-wing paper 'Liberation'. To the French Peace Movement's committee Mr. Khrushchev indicated threats arising from German re-armament. "I want friendship with the Germans, but we don't, want any rebirth of militarism".
He spoke of the appalling power of nuclear weapons, and said Russia had not made any underground atomic tests, nor did she intend to do so. Communism would show its superiority to Capitalism by peaceful competition, economic and cultural development, not by war. Russia would do everything possible to achieve disarmament, and only minor points were preventing nuclear agreement in the Geneva talks.
The Russian leader had a busy first day in Paris. After an 11.00 arrival at Orly Airport - where he was met by French President De Gaulle - he drove to his suite in the Quai d'Orsay, the French Foreign Ministry building. After lunching at the Elysee Palace with President De Gaulle he drove to the Arc de Triomphe, to lay a wreath at the Unknown Soldier's tomb. A visit to Mont Valerien, the fortress where French hostages were shot by the Germans in World War Two, was followed by the Quai d'Orsay meetings. An Elysee State Banquet and reception ended Mr. Khrushchev's first day.