• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT DE GAULLE'S TELEVISED BROADCAST - HE TOLD THE FRENCH PEOPLE TONIGHT (FRIDAY) THAT THE NATION MUST HAVE ITS OWN ATOMIC ARMS TO PREVENT ANY ATTACH ON FRANCE EXCEPT AT THE RISK OF APPALLING DESTRUCTION.

  • Description

    PRESIDENT DE GAULLE'S TELEVISED BROADCAST - HE TOLD THE FRENCH PEOPLE TONIGHT (FRIDAY) THAT THE NATION MUST HAVE ITS OWN ATOMIC ARMS TO PREVENT ANY ATTACH ON FRANCE EXCEPT AT THE RISK OF APPALLING DESTRUCTION.

    THE ATOMIC WAY WAS THE ONLY MEANS OF STRIKING BACK AT ANY AGGRESSOR IN A WORLD CONFLICT. THE PRESIDENT MADE IT CLEAR THAT FRANCE WOULD COOPERATE FULLY WITH HER ALLIES IN NATO AND COULD USE HER ATOMIC MEANS TO GO TO THE AID OF ITS ALLIES, INCLUDING, HE WENT ON, WHO KNOWS, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    HE TOLD FRENCHMEN TOO OF THE NEEDED TO STRENGTHEN EUROPEAN UNITY AMONG THOSE COUNTRIES WHICH REALLY WANTED TO BELONG TO EUROPE. ONCE AGAIN, HE SAID HE WAS OPPOSED TO BRITAIN GOING INTO THE COMMON MARKET AT PRESENT BUT HE NEVERTHELESS HOPED THAT THE GREAT BRITISH PEOPLE AS HE CALLED THEM, WOULD BE ABLE TO JOIN ONE DAY.

    EARLIER IN HIS MESSAGE, THE PRESIDENT SPOKE OF THE GREAT ECONOMIC PROGRESS OF FRANCE BUT HE WARNED AGAINST THE TEMPTATIONS OF TAKING THE EASY WAY WHETHER IN DEFENCE OR THE ECONOMY. FRENCHMEN WERE ABLE TO TAKE THEIR PLACE IN THE WORLD FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FIFTY YEARS, BUT INFLATION COULD PUT THEM AT THE MERCY OF FOREIGN NATIONS.

    (REPORTS FROM TAHITI TODAY SAID THAT FRANCE IS BUILDING A NEW NUCLEAR WEAPONS TESTING BASE IN THE PACIFIC. IT'S BEING SET UP ON MURUROA ISLAND, AN ATOLL IN FRENCH POLYNESIA ABOUT SEVEN-HUNDRED-AND-FIFTY MILES FROM TAHITI. UP TO NOW, FRENCH NUCLEAR TESTS HAVE BEEN HELD IN THE SAHARA UNDER AN AGREEMENT WITH ALGERIAN WHICH HAS FOUR YEARS TO RUN.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEUWJ7C3PCTIIB9O4810XFZIS9
    Media URN:
    VLVAEUWJ7C3PCTIIB9O4810XFZIS9
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/04/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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