At the end of his seven-day visit to the United States, France's President de Gaulle was decorated by the city of New Orleans, Apr 29.
At the end of his seven-day visit to the United States, France's President de Gaulle was decorated by the city of New Orleans, Apr 29. In a ceremony held at the City Hall, Mayor of New Orleans, deLesseps S.Morrison, awarded him the International Order of Merit of the city, and the honorary citizen scroll.
Later the President and Madame de Gaulle were guests of the Mayor and the Citizens Committee, at a luncheon held in the International Room of the Roosevelt Hotel. In the afternoon the French leader toured the Port and the Mississippi River, aboard the yacht "Good Neighbor". When the yacht passed the United States Naval Station the President was given a 21-gun salute.
The welcome given to the French visitors by the people of New Orleans has been on a scale larger than anything the city can remember. Wherever the President and his wife have gone, cheering crowds and waving people have turned out in their thousands to greet them.
On the evening of May 29 the French President left New Orleans for Cayenne, in French Guiana, at the start of a short tour of the French territories in South America.