Soviet Prime Minister Nikita Khruschev toured the First World War battlefields and cemetery at Verdun, Eastern France, Mar 29.
Crowds line Verdun street, K at Verdun Memorial, kisses small boy & girl with flags; Crowds, K visits cemetery building, receives ovation on leaving, K & Mrs. K. tour cemetery.
Roadside vineyards to Epernay, K & champagne plant (Moet-Chandon), greeted; down steps to cellars, enters underground electric railway; K drinks glass of champagne, receives gift book, K speech of thanks to cheering audience
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Background: Soviet Prime Minister Nikita Khruschev toured the First World War battlefields and cemetery at Verdun, Eastern France, Mar 29. He looked solemn, reminded his French hosts he had lost a son in action in World War Two, and warned "the superman myth was not dead in Western Germany. Later the same day he drove to Epernay, centre of champagne, to visited by underground train the cellars and vaults. He looked cheerful, sipped a glass - Very, very excellent, he said.
At Verdun he stood in silence at the war memorial of the once shell-torn city and signed the visitors' book. Fog hung over the battleships and nearby cemetery, last resting place of 30,000 soldiers. Mr. Khruschev also visited the "Trench of Bayonets" where the graves of soldiers-buried where they fell-are marked with bayonets.
At Epernay, South of Rheimshe followed in the footsteps of famous visitors - among them Tsar Alexander 1 of Russia - in his tour of the champagne cellars. "We make a wine in Russia and call it champagne - that's homage to you," he said.