The United Arab Republic declared seven days of mourning for General de Gaulle and the Prime Minister, Dr.
GV French Embassy building in Cairo
CU Consulate and Embassy signs (Two shots)
SV French flag half mast
GV Church - biggest in Cairo
SV Prime Minister of U.A.R. Mahmoud Fawzi arrives at Church
LV Interior church with statue and candles
SV Choir take their places
SV and CU Prime Minister Fawzi
GV Interior of church, flag-draped coffin and congregation (Four shots)
GV French Embassy in Tunis
CU Embassy sign on gates
SV Interior Tunisian Prime Minister Nouira and Foreign Minister M. Masmoudi (two shots)
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Background: The United Arab Republic declared seven days of mourning for General de Gaulle and the Prime Minister, Dr. Mahmoud Fawzi, flew to Paris for the memorial service at Notre Dame Cathedral. In another Arab country, Tunisia, the former French President's death was also deeply felt and the Prime Minister, Mr. Hedi Nouira, presented his condolences at the French Embassy before flying to Paris.
In Cairo an official spokesman said that the General's death caused new and deep sorrow for the people of Egypt, still mourning President Nasser. Describing General de Gaulle as "one of the greatest statesmen of the 20th Century", he said Egyptians would remember him as a liberation hero, a man of peace and a just and honest statesman. Egypt had lost an irreplaceable friend.
The Arab League assistant secretary-general, Dr. Sayed Nofal, commended the French leader for his attitude to Israel. The general imposed an arms embargo on Israel early in 1969.
The French Ambassador attended a memorial service in Cairo at which all countries with missions in Cairo were represented.
In Tunis the Prime Minister, Mr. Nouira, the Foreign Minister, Mr. Masmoudi, and other members of the Government called at the French Embassy to present their sympathy. Tunisia has maintained lose and friendly relations with France.