• Short Summary

    French President Charles De Gaulle arrived Sunday (22 March) on the island of Martinique on the last leg of his Caribbean trip in which he is emphasizing the independence and greatness of France.

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    French President Charles De Gaulle arrived Sunday (22 March) on the island of Martinique on the last leg of his Caribbean trip in which he is emphasizing the independence and greatness of France.

    General De Gaulle is trying to stir the patriotism of inhabitants of French departments in the Caribbean--far from France. About 5,000 persons--close to a sixth of French Guiana's population--turned out Saturday (21 March) to hear his arrival speech there. The general also received a warm welcome in Guadaloupe Thursday night and Friday (19 and 20 March).

    He toured Guadaloupe, shaking hands, laying wreaths and making speeches like a politician running for re-election. Crowds turned out everywhere and General De Gaulle mingled with them freely, apparently oblivious to any possible threat to his security.

    At one point he icily chided demonstrators who were urging autonomy for the island.

    But for the most part, the apparently tireless French President was greeted by Guadaloupe whites with a mixture of awe and respect and by Negroes as a powerful symbol of the country whose sons and daughters they are supposed to be.

    Everywhere he expanded on his theme of the progress of France and her ability to help less favored nations.

    De Gaulle will spend two days in Martinque, then fly back to Paris.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABZAV6LF9RXRKXY0BYVTNM5Q5Z
    Media URN:
    VLVABZAV6LF9RXRKXY0BYVTNM5Q5Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/03/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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