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    King and Emperors, Prime Ministers and Princes, paid their last tributes in Paris today (Thursday, 12 Nov.) to a giant of their time, Charles De Gaulle.

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    King and Emperors, Prime Ministers and Princes, paid their last tributes in Paris today (Thursday, 12 Nov.) to a giant of their time, Charles De Gaulle.

    As crowds of thousands looked on, world leaders from nearly a hundred countries went to the 12th century Cathedral of Notre Dame for Requiem Mass. It was one of the greatest gatherings of world leaders in recent years.

    Although the leaders travelled to Paris from many parts of the Globe, they did not attend the actual funeral in the small village of Colombey-les-deux-Eglises. General De Gaulle had requested that the funeral be kept simple and private and that there be no official delegations or world figures taking part.

    The funeral was held in the afternoon in the village where the General lived when he was not in power. He was buried in a simple oak coffin in the graveyard of the church where he often worshipped.

    There was room for more than a thousand people inside the great cathedral and the first heads of State began arriving more than an hour before the mass began.

    Among the early arrivals were President Nixon, President Podgorny of the Soviet Union, Prince Charles of Britain, the British Prime Minister, Mr. Heath, and two former British prime Ministers, Mr. Harold Macmillan and Lord Avon, formerly Anthony Eden.

    As they made their way to their seats in the vast Cathedral, many greeted the man who took precedence over them all, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, who has been Head of State the longest of them all.

    There were four monarchs, two emperors, 21 presidents and 10 prime ministers, in the Cathedral when the service began. There was no funeral oration, but there were prayers for France, for General De Gaulle's soul and for his family.

    After the service many of the world leaders paid courtesy calls on the French President, M. Pompidou, at the Elysee Palace.

    SYNOPSIS: The great 12th century cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris saw on Thursday one of the most solemn occasions and one of the greatest gatherings of notable people in its history. The occasion was a Requiem Mass for General Charles De Gaulle. Kings and Emperors, Prime Ministers and Princes came from all over the world to Notre Dame to pay their respects to a giant of their time. Among the early arrivals at the Cathedral was the President of the United States, President Nixon. Minutes earlier the President of the Soviet Union, Mr. Podgorny, had entered the cathedral. Later the two leaders met and had a 20 minute conversation during a reception at the Elysee Palace given by the French President, M. Pompidou. For M. Pompidou perhaps more than any of the others the Notre Dame ceremony was a sad one because he had been a close associate of General De Gaulle for many years.

    Inside the vast cathedral there was seating for a thousand. The first began arriving an hour before the ceremony began. President Makarios of Cyprus was among the early arrivals.

    Prince Charles represented his mother, Queen Elizabeth of Britain. Like many others he greeted Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, who, as head of state longer than any of the others Present, took precedence over them all. The British Prime Minister, Mr, Heath was also present.

    President Shazar of israel and the former Prime Minister, Mr. Ben-Gurion attended, despite General De Gaulle's ban on the sale of French arms to Israel.

    Queen Juliana of the Netherlands.

    Many leaders of French-speaking Africa were at the ceremony.

    There were four monarchs, two emperors, 21 presidents and 10 prime ministers in the congregation.

    President Senghor of Senegal joins other African leaders.

    One of the monarchs was King Baudouin of Belgium.

    President Nixon was seated near President Shazar of Israel.....

    The Shah of Iran greets Emperor Haile Selassie.

    President Podgorny of the Soviet Union and behind the British Prime Minister, Mr. Heath and President Makarios of Cyprus.

    Finally, President Pmompidou, entered the cathedral and took his place near the altar.

    Despite the solemnity of the occasion the many famous people present, did not dominate the ceremony, which remained essentially simple. There was no funeral oration, but there were prayers for France and for General De Gaulle's soul and for his family.

    None of the world leaders attended the General's funeral, held a few hours later in the small village of Colombey-les-deux-Eglises, where he lived when he was not in power. He requested that the funeral be a simple, family occasion. He was buried in a plain oak coffin at the church where he often worshipped.

    With the ceremony over, President Pompidou led the way out of Notre Dame. Gendarmes had kept the large square in front of the cathedral clear of people, but thousands has gathered along nearby streets and along the Seine.

    Their tributes paid, the leaders dispersed. Many of them took the opportunity to pay calls on President Pompidou at the Elysee Palace and later to attend a reception there.

    President Nixon was one of those who visited President Pompidou. Later he left for Washington, having spent 19 hours in the French capital. Others, too, began their long journeys home....and General De Gaulle had moved into the pages of history.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABPD5O99R9BJM83FA77G31G4N5
    Media URN:
    VLVABPD5O99R9BJM83FA77G31G4N5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/11/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:05:16:00
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