LILLE, Northern France. April 23rd: President de Gaulle hinted in a speech at Lille in?
LILLE, Northern France. April 23rd: President de Gaulle hinted in a speech at Lille in Northern France today that he is still thinking of abolishing the French Senate. The President referred to the National Assembly - the Lower House - which has the final voice in legislation, as "the political representation of the nation", but he did not name the Senate and spoke as though it did not exist. President de Gaulle has always opposed having two Houses of Parliament. Senators are elected by municipal and regional councillors and Deputies.
President de Gaulle was speaking at the start of a four-day visit to Lille - his birthplace - where he was inaugurating the Lille Fair. His tour is being described as a "new type" of regional journey. During his first seven-year term as President, General de Gaulle visited each of France's ninety departments but during his second term he will probably go only to the principal regions.
The President is expected to concentrate on the economic and social problems of the Lille area. Most of his time will be spent in conference with local officials and in inspecting the many factories and mines of the region - one of the key industrial areas of the French economy.