President Houphouet-Boigny of the Ivory Coast went to the French Embassy in Abidjan yesterday (Tuesday, 10 November) to sign a book of condolences for the late General de Gaulle who died at his home in France on Monday (November 9) night.
GV EXT Newspaper printing offices
CU INT Worker reads paper headlined "De Gaulle estmort"
GV French Embassy
SV Houphouet-Boigny shakes hands with French Ambassador
GV Flag at half mast
SCU INT President signs Book of Remembrance, Ministers watch
SV Mamadou Coulibaly signs book
SV President shakes hands with French officials
SV Mathieu Ekra signs, ministers watch.
SV Col. Courtiade signs while Ministers meet with French officials
SV Mme Yace signs, followed by her husband. (3 shots)
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Background: President Houphouet-Boigny of the Ivory Coast went to the French Embassy in Abidjan yesterday (Tuesday, 10 November) to sign a book of condolences for the late General de Gaulle who died at his home in France on Monday (November 9) night. With the President went Ivory Coast Ministers of State. The Ivory Coast morning newspaper, Fraternite Matin, brought out a special afternoon edition to announce the death of De Gaulle.
The book of condolences, le Livre d'Or, lay open on a table in the French Embassy in Abidjan in front of a portrait of General de Gaulle. The Ambassador greeted the Ivory Coast dignitaries and many other people who came to the Embassy to pay their tributes. Throughout Abidjan and other towns of the Ivory Coats, flags flew at half mast.
SYNOPSIS: The Ivory Coast morning newspaper Fraternite Matin brought out a special afternoon edition on Tuesday to announce the death of General de Gaulle. President Houphouet-Boigny went to the French Embassy to pay his last respects to the General.
At the Embassy, the President signed the book of condolences which lay open on a table under a portrait of De Gaulle. He had earlier sent messages of sympathy to Madame de Gaulle at Colombey les deux Eglises and to President Pompidou in Paris.
M. Mamadou Coulibaly, head of the Ivory Coast Economic and Social Council, also signed the book. He was followed by M. Mathieu Ekra, a Minister of State, while other Ministers and Ivory Coast dignitaries watched.
The Military Attache at the Embassy, Colonel Courtiade, was among the embassy staff who paid tribute to General de Gaulle.
Representing the people of the Ivory Coast was M. Philippe Yace, the President of the National Assembly, and his wife, who were among the visitors to the Embassy.