Screaming abuse at President de Gaulle, some three thousand young men of the "Jeune Nation" - an extreme right-wing party - attempted to march on the Elysee Palace, Paris, Oct 3.
Screaming abuse at President de Gaulle, some three thousand young men of the "Jeune Nation" - an extreme right-wing party - attempted to march on the Elysee Palace, Paris, Oct 3. They had broken away from a peaceable demonstration at the Arc de Triomphe by ex-servicemen against the signatories of the manifesto defending the right of young Frenchmen to refuse to serve in the Army in Algeria.
Steel-helmeted riot police waited for the demonstrators as - led by men in paratroop uniforms - they swarmed down the Champs Elysees shouting "To the Elysee". As the mob reached the Faubourg St. Honore, the police charged them with riot staves and rifle butts.
Still shouting furiously, the crowd fell back breaking windows and calling all those who failed to support them cowards. Later, the rioters entered the offices of the left-wing paper l'Express and broke windows in many sections of the buildings. 43 youths were arrested during the evening.
That night it was reported that the State-owned Paris Opera Company was thinking of striking in sympathy with actors who have been banned from appearing in national theatres, opera houses, and on radio and television programmes. The ban applies to all those who signed the manifesto approving conscientious objection in the Algerian war.