A meeting of the executive council of the French Community was held at the Elysee Palace, Paris, Mar 21, under the chairmanship of President De Gaulle.
Sequence shows various ministers and delegates arriving at the Elysee Palace for the meeting of the French Community.
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Background: A meeting of the executive council of the French Community was held at the Elysee Palace, Paris, Mar 21, under the chairmanship of President De Gaulle. Delegates from eleven African territories and Madagascar, arrived to hear his report on the progress that has been made towards France's African territories gaining independence.
Present at the meeting was the French Prime Minister Debre and his Foreign Minister Couve de Murville.
Talks between the French government, Madagascar and the Mali Federation - Senegal and Sudan - are now completed. Both territories have already announced their intention of becoming independent before the end of the year. Both will remain in the French Community. At the meeting Madagascar was represented by Mr. Tsiranana.
Before the meeting, Premier of the French African Republic of Mauritania, Moktar Ould Daddah, told the press that sovereign powers would be transferred from the French Community to the Republic in 1961. Mauritania will remain within the Community as an independent state. He said that economic ties will remain strong between his country and the Mali Federation.
Also seeking independence, as a federation within the Community, are the four states that make up French Equatorial Africa.
French West Africa - consisting of the Ivory Coast, Dahomi, Upper Volta and Niger - led by Houphouet-Boigny, of the Ivory Coast are the only members of the Community who have not yet put forward their plans for independence.