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.
MS De Gaulle shaking hands
MS De Gaulle drives away
Riding shot crowds
MS De Gaulle making speech from balcony
MS Children with sign
MS De Gaulle drives away waving
MS Children lined up in street
MS De Gaulle gets out of car - salutes
MS crowd, women in colorful dress
MS De Gaulle salutes soldiers
MS Officers salute
MS De Gaulle in mob of people, shaking hands
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Background: 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.