• Short Summary

    THERE WAS TREMENDOUS WELCOME FOR PRESIDENT DE GAULLE OF FRANCE WHEN HE ARRIVED AT PHNOM PENH AIRPORT ON TUESDAY (30 AUGUST) AT THE START OF A THREE-DAY VISIT TO CAMBODIA.

  • Description

    THERE WAS TREMENDOUS WELCOME FOR PRESIDENT DE GAULLE OF FRANCE WHEN HE ARRIVED AT PHNOM PENH AIRPORT ON TUESDAY (30 AUGUST) AT THE START OF A THREE-DAY VISIT TO CAMBODIA.

    THE CAMBODIAN HEAD OF STATE, PRINCE NORODOM SIHANOUK, WELCOMED HIS VISITOR, WHO, HE SAID, WAS THE MOST ILLUSTRIOUS WESTERN HEAD OF STATE AND ONE OF THE GREATEST MEN OF ALL TIME. WITH THE PRINCE AT THE AIRPORT TO WELCOME THE PRESIDENT AND MADAME DE GAULLE WAS HIS MOTHER, QUEEN KOSSOMAK.

    THERE HAD BEEN A CAREFUL SECURITY CHECK BEFORE THE VISITORS ARRIVED, WITH MINE DETECTORS IN THE STREETS OF THE CAPITAL. BUT EVERYTHING WENT SMOOTHLY FROM THE MOMENT THE PRESIDENT'S AIRCRAFT LANDED AND THE MILITARY BANDS STRUCK UP.

    A BIG CROWD TURNED OUT TO SEE THE FRENCH LEADER, AND THE WELCOMING CEREMONIES WERE GIVEN AN EXTRA DASH OF COLOUR BY TRADITIONAL CAMBODIAN UNIFORMS AND DRESS. WALKING BESIDE PRINCE SIHANOUK UNDER A BIG SATIN SUNSHADE, THE PRESIDENT INSPECTED THE GUARD OF HONOUR. GIRLS THREW JASMINE PETALS FROM SILVER BOWLS AS MADAME DE GAULLE AND QUEEN KOSSOMAK WALKED TO A SPECIALLY ERECTED PLATFORM FOR THE SPEECHES. PRINCE SIHANOUK SAID THAT THINKS TO GENERAL DE GAULLE. THE PEOPLE OF ASIA HAD NOT LOST HOPE IN THE WEST.

    THEN THE PRESIDENT, SPEAKING IN FRENCH, SAID THAT THE PEOPLE OF FRANCE UNDERSTOOD THE DIFFICULTIES FACING CAMBODIA IN AN ASIA TORN BY CONFLICT.

    AFTER THE SPEECHES, THE PARTY DROVE TO THE ROYAL PALACE, WHERE THE GENERAL AND HIS WIFE ARE STAYING. THERE, THEY MET CAMBODIAN LEADERS AND DIPLOMATS IN THE THRONE ROOM, AND GIFTS WERE PRESENTED TO THE PRESIDENT.

    LATER THE FRENCH LEADER HAD A PRIVATE MEETING WITH A SENIOR NORTH VIETNAMESE DIPLOMAT. AND IN A SPEECH TODAY (THURSDAY) HE CALLED FOR THE WITHDRAWAL OF AMERICAN FORCES FROM SOUTH VIETNAM. THE PRESIDENT SAID THIS WAS THE ONLY WAY OUT OF THE VIETNAM PROBLEM SHORT OF CONDEMNING THE WORLD TO CATASTROPHE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD7NVS16NGEGW332CXGDQHYU4X
    Media URN:
    VLVAD7NVS16NGEGW332CXGDQHYU4X
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/09/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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