French Premier Debre and Mali Ministers Mamamou Dia and Modibo Keita signed a Franco-Mali Pact at the Hotel Matignon, Paris, France, Apl 4, by which the Mali Federation - formerly Senegal and the French Sudan - will receive independence in May.
GV Entrance to Hotel Matignon.
SV M. Lamine Gueye arrives.
SV M. Madeira Keita arrives.
SV M. Modibo Keita arrives.
ANGLE SHOT..Hotel Matignon.
SV Debre and Ministers signing.
CU Signed agreement.
LV Debre addresses assembly.
CU Mamamou Dia listens.
SV Debre shakes ministers' hands.
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Background: French Premier Debre and Mali Ministers Mamamou Dia and Modibo Keita signed a Franco-Mali Pact at the Hotel Matignon, Paris, France, Apl 4, by which the Mali Federation - formerly Senegal and the French Sudan - will receive independence in May. Also present at the ceremony were Lamine Gueye, mayor of Dakar and President of the Senegal Assembly, and Madeira Keita, Sudanese Minister of the Interior.
France and Mali will remain closely connected even after independence Mali will have her own her own armed forces but French Community forces may remain in Mali; she will introduce her own currently currency but stay within the Franc Zone; she will have separate representation in the United Nations, but will be diplomatically represented by France in some countries.
The pact-signing was stage three in a process that began Dec 13, 1959, when French President de Gaulle told the cheering Mali Federal Assembly in Dakar that negotiations to give Senegal and the French Sudan independence would begin in a matter of days. On Mar 21 the French Community Executive Council meeting in the Elysee Palace, Paris, attended by delegates of 12 African territories and the island of Madagascar, heard that Franco-Mali negotiations were completed, and the Federation, and Madagascar, would be independent by the year's end.