Visnews filmed the arrival of French Cabinet Ministers at the Elysee Palace, Paris Jan 28 meeting against the clock: its extraordinary powers expire Feb 5.
Visnews filmed the arrival of French Cabinet Ministers at the Elysee Palace, Paris Jan 28 meeting against the clock: its extraordinary powers expire Feb 5. After that date, certain decisions will require parliamentary approval.
At what is considered its last important session before then, the Cabinet appointed Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, General Paul Ely to the new post of chief staff officer of defence. General Raoul Salan was appointed to be military governor of Paris.
Ely, described as France's most popular general today and well-known by France's allies, resigned as chief of the general staff under the fourth Republican Pflimlin Government in the month of the "General Revolt" in Algeria. May last year. De Gaulle, called to save the nation last June, reappointed him.
General Ely, who is 61, will be in charge of all defence matters in France and the French-African Community.
General Salan, one of the "Generals in Revolt" in Algeria, will now be most seen in the background at State and City functions ... the new post is full of honourable associations and picturesque duties but has no real power or influence.
The Cabinet also agreed to an increase of about 4.5 per cent in the guaranteed minimum wage, which applies to about 700,000 of Grance's most lowly paid workers. The increase comes into effect Sunday.
Those arriving at the meeting: Jacques Soustelle, who is virtually deputy Prime Minister, Information Minister Roger Frey: Defence Minister Pierre Guillanmat; Mlle. Sid-Cara, State Secretary for Algeria: Andre Malraux, Minister of State; Robert Buron, Transport Minister; Interior Minister Jean Berthoin; Justice Minister Edmond Michelet; Foreign Minister Maurice Couve de Murville; Labour Minister, Paul Baeon; Finance and Economics Minister Antoine Pinay and Post Office Minister Bernard Cornut-Gentille.