Gronchi arrives by train - military parade, tomb of the Unknown Warrior, Elysee Palace.
President Giovanni Gronchi of Italy arrived in Paris for the first state visit of an Italian head of state in more than 50 years - the last being King Victor-Emmanuel III and Queen Helene in 1903.
LS. President Gronchi with others seated in train talking. CU. Gronchi talking. Various shots, delegates seated at table in train. MS. Rene Coty, Guy Mollet and others walking past Guard of Honour at station, camera stays on Rene Coty, who stops and speaks with another. MS. Train steaming into station, past Guard of Honour. MS. From train, past Guard of Honour. MS. Train drawing to a halt, Gronchi alights and is greeted by President Coty (wearing the red sash of the Legion of Honour), Prime Minister Guy Mollet and others. CU. Gronchi and Coty shaking hands. MS. Back view, Coty and Gronchi walking together along platform. LS. Coty and Gronchi leave station, in foreground is military band. MS. Back view, military band. LS. Coty and Gronchi stand to attention while National Anthems are played (2 shots). GV. Military band. LS. G.V. Mounted troops on horseback riding by (2 shots). Various shots, troops on horseback riding by, in the midst of these are Coty, Gronchi and Gaetano Martino Foreign Secretary seated in a car. MS. Coty and Gronchi seated in car, car comes to a stand still and they alight. MS. Photographers. MS. Guard of Honour at the present. (2 shots). MS. Coty and Gronchi walk past Guard of Honour, past camera, up steps and enter the Elysee Palace. Various shots, troops saluting. MS. Gronchi assisted by Minister of Defence Maurice Bourges-Maunoury lays a wreath on the tomb of the Unknown Warrior. CU. Wreath. MS. Gronchi signing book. Various shots, cars arriving at the Elysee Palace, through the 'Grille du Coq' only used on solemn occasions. Two shots, Guard of Honour in grounds of Palace. Various shots, cars arriving and members of the Diplomatic Corps. alighting and entering Palace. Various M.S. C.Us. Gronchi being introduced to members of Diplomatic Corps.