Huge riots in Algeria and revolt by Generals increase calls for De Gaulle to come to power.
Full title reads: "Paris, Emergency Powers".
Intertitle reads: "France's Crisis government faces Army revolt in Algeria, de Gaulle's bid for control - and the menace of civil war."
General Charles De Gaulle walks through crowds shaking hands and being greeted by people. He is seen laying a wreath at a war memorial. GV Arc De Triomphe. GV Wreath laying ceremony in honour of the three French soldiers who were executed in Tunisia by FLN Rebels.
GV Squad of police march out onto the Champs Elysees carrying batons and wearing helmets. VS of demonstrators marching down the road carrying banners. LV Squads of police lined across Champs Elysees as the demonstrators come on. GV Demonstrators break loose and run for Place de la Concord. SV Police walking into demonstrators and scuffling starts. SV Demonstrators pushing past police, a man pulls a policeman and the policeman runs after him hits at him but misses and then tries to kick the demonstrator, but instead kicks an innocent party. GV Demonstrators reach Place de la Concorde. LV Police mixing with demonstrators. GV Demonstrators held at bay by reinforcements of police and are prevented from reaching National Assembly.
GV French National Assembly (covered in scaffolding). GV Int shot the Assembly seated. SV Mr Pierre Pflimlin making his investiture declaration. SV A member of the Assembly biting his nails. CU Mr Rene Pleven the French Foreign Secretary seated listening. SV Mr Pflimlin finishes his speech. LV Members of the Assembly applauding. GV Elysee Palace. SV Mr Pflimlin the new Premier leaving the Palace amidst crowds of newsmen. CU Mr Mutter new Minister of Algeria leaving Elysee Palace.
GV Algiers. GV Pan, showing closed shops, owing to general strike in protest against shooting of the French soldiers and Government policies. GV Demonstrators on their way to memorial. SV General Salan on his way to join demonstrators. Various shot of demonstration, many people carry banners. SV General Salan making his way through crowd, followed by General Massu. GV Crowds round monument. LV Demonstrators below. SV Soldier and another man on monument shouting to crowds below. GV Massed crowd of demonstrators round monument. GV Crowds cheering, men standing on monument. CU Group of demonstrators applauding and cheering. LV Police running toward Government buildings. GV Youths throwing stones at the building. GV Demonstrators gathering outside Government buildings. GV A lorry tries to batter down railings in front of buildings. LV Demonstrators shaking the railings. LV Demonstrators in forecourt of buildings. LV Car carrying General Massu. CU Massu in car. More shots of demonstrators some running from Government House. Demonstrators inside building throw out Government papers. More shots of demonstrators.
Various shots of Charles De Gaulle at shrine of the Unknown soldier in France. Vast crowds listening to De Gaulle speaking.