Fighting, in a turmoil of political instability and mutiny, against the proposed military dictatorship of General De Gaulle---the wartime leader of France who has offered to take over the Government during the present crisis-----the French National Assembly approved by 461-114 the granting of emergency powers to the latest Premier, M.
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Background: Fighting, in a turmoil of political instability and mutiny, against the proposed military dictatorship of General De Gaulle---the wartime leader of France who has offered to take over the Government during the present crisis-----the French National Assembly approved by 461-114 the granting of emergency powers to the latest Premier, M. Pflimlin.
Surrounded by a steel ring of 30,000 police and security and several thousand troops equipped with tanks, the Assembly agreed that the Premier and his government should be permitted to forbid the movement of people and vehicles, order searches of premises at any time of the night and day, effect a censorship of the Press, radio, cinema and theatre, ban assemblies and order places of entertainment to close, impose a curfew, call in firearms, and authorise military courts to try cases normally dealt with in civil courts. Initially these powers will last for three months.
It is hoped that this mandate will enable the Government to combat the popular call for De. Gaulle to assume the powers of government. On Thursday, 15th. May, General De Gaulle announced that he was willing to lead France from the depths to which it has fallen over the last twelve years as a result of party politics.
The military commanders in Algeria have ignored pleas by the Government to obey orders from Paris and disband their 'Committee of Public Safety', which is administrating the Government duties. The most prominent officer is General Massu, commander of the Paratroopers in Algeria. Behind, giving him his full support is the Commander-in-Chief of the Algerian Forces, General Salan. Also M. Jacques Soustelle, a De Gaullist, a former Governor-General of Algeria and a deputy in the National Assembly, managed to escape to Algeria from Paris inspite of constant surveillance by the police.
It is from the junta that the strongest, most powerful call for De Gaulle comes. The National Assembly though is loosely united against any dictatorship, even the Communists have allied themselves with M. Pflimlin's Government.