Slipping the attentions of the police posted to "protect" him in his Paris flat, M.Jacques?
Slipping the attentions of the police posted to "protect" him in his Paris flat, M.Jacques Soustelle - a leading figure in the breakaway movement in Algiers - escaped from the French capital to join forces with the leaders of the Committee of Public Safety.
Ex-Gaullist and former Algerian Governor-General, M.Soustelle first appeared on the Algerian scene when he was appointed resident minister in Algeria by then Premier Mendes France.
Received with great suspicion by the French settlers, Soustelle soon impressed them with his tough attitude to the Algerian problem and soon became a popular public figure. Back in Paris he became the object of political suspicion, and, when the settlers of the north African territory linked his name with the military leaders of the breakaway, a police guard was placed round his Paris home for his personal "protection".
But, despite the close attention of the police, M.Soustelle managed to flee the country and arrived in Algiers on May 17 to a tremendous welcome.
Soustelle, the man who brought down the government of Felix Gaillard because its North African policy was "too soft", is believed to have slipped his Government bodyguard of eight by dodging in and out of the seven entrances of the National Assembly. Close friends who asked for Soustelle at his home near the Bois de Boulogne were told that he was in bed with a temperature of 100 dog and attack of nephritis.
Algiers Radio spoke of a wild welcome for M.Soustelle who was greeted by screaming crowds, a fly-past of jets and martial music. Personal greetings came from General Massu - military leader of the breakaway - General Salan, and Admiral Aboyneau.
Speaking from the balcony of Government House, Soustelle told the crowd, "I do not seek to be the chairman of the Public Safety Committee. I am here to serve. Long live France. Long live Algeria. Long live De Gaulle".
Two other key figures have also reached Algiers. Maitre Biaggi, lawyer leader of the French Fascist group, and M. Benouville, war-time De Gaulle general.