On Friday evening, May 30th, Algiers was dressed overall with lights, flags and a spirit of accomplishment.
On Friday evening, May 30th, Algiers was dressed overall with lights, flags and a spirit of accomplishment. De Gaulle had been accepted as Prime Minister - designate by President Coty and was commencing his Cabinet making and policy forming.
Large processions converged on the Forum, before the Ministry of Algeria building, shouting, singing, cheering. Their uprising had resulted in victory, President Coyt had been forced to bring Gen. De Gaulle before the Assembly and ask him to form a Government, a government that had the task of saving France, probably at the expense of the Fourth Republic.
Algiers is use to massed meetings, so many have been arranged or have happened during this last two to three weeks, but Friday's was a spectacular affair with chinese lanterns, torch processions, tricolours and banners. Thousands of people crowded into the capital from the suburbs and outlying townships and demonstrated their loyalty and support for De Gaulle and any Government that he might form. This widespread excitement and electrifying atmosphere of triumph and achievement was damped appreciably on Sunday evening, when it was heard that De Gaulle had not included any of the Algerian Public Safety Committee members nor any of the instigators of the Algeria uprising in his Cabinet. Many expected that Gen. Salan, military commander in Algeria, and M. Soustelle, a former Governor-General of Algeria and a National Assembly Deputy, would be given portfolios. Instead, many politicians, who caused the Algerian uprising by their unsatisfactory and insipid policies, have become members of the De Gaulle Cabinet. Nevertheless, Algeria puts on a brave face and declares her support for De Gaulle, agreeing that it is necessary to include some Deputies who were either former Premiers or were previously Government Ministers, for it is dangerous to break completely with the past.
On Sunday evening a decree was issued by Gen. Salan that transferred more civil powers to the Army. Certain regional administrations are to placed under the control of local Army Commanders.