An international conference to pay a tribute to the life and thoughts of General Charles de Gaulle, the former President of France, began in Dakar, Senegal on Monday (3 July).
GV EXTERIOR PAN Hotel Teranga.
SV INTERIOR Pamplets and books on table. (2 SHOTS)
GV & SV Meeting in progress with Monsieur Jean-paul Bled speaking. (3 SHOTS)
SVs President Senghor speaking as crowd listens. (6 SHOTS)
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Background: An international conference to pay a tribute to the life and thoughts of General Charles de Gaulle, the former President of France, began in Dakar, Senegal on Monday (3 July).
SYNOPSIS: The three day conference at the Hotel Teranga in Dakar was presided over by Senegal's President Leopold Sedar Senghor and attended by delegates from the French-speaking world.
The conference was opened by Jean-Paul Bled, the President of the Society of Universities to Study and Research Gaullism. He spoke about General de Gaulle's role and influence in French politics and his effect on countries with colonial ties with France. President Senghor paid tribute to General d e Gaulle whom he said had realised the need to merge the best aspects of African and European cultures. One of the many subjects to be discussed at the conference was the political history of French speaking Africa in the year 1960 to 1969. The Quebec delegate was to present a paper about General de Gaulle's attitude to the French separatist movement in Canada. Charles de Gaulle died in 1970 after more than two de cades in the forefront of French political life.