Less than one thousand French Tahitians turned out Tuesday night (6 Sept) to greet French President Charles De Gaulle on his arrival at Papeete, the capital of Tahiti.
LS Sunrise, calm trees
MS Lagoon, palm trees
MLS Ships at dock, people
MS Men play drums
MS People do native dances
MCU Men at drums
CU Woman dances
MS Women dance
MLS People down gangplank
MS Television studio
MS Men at desk, television camera
MLS Post office
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Signpost, street - MCU
MLS Governor's house
MS War monument
MLS House where General will stay
MS Men repair dock - 2 shots
MS Atomic HQ
MS Officer comes out, soldier salutes
MS Soldiers out of bldg.
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Background: Less than one thousand French Tahitians turned out Tuesday night (6 Sept) to greet French President Charles De Gaulle on his arrival at Papeete, the capital of Tahiti.
For weeks, the romantic South Seas island of Tahiti has been bustling with activity in preparation for the visit of the French leader.
Tahiti still looks like the romantic island described by sea captains after early trips across the South Pacific. Tourists from the United States and Europe still contribute in large part of the island's economy, but the biggest "business" now going on there is the atomic nuclear testing station constructed by French. It is bringing into reality the "Force de Frappe", an independent nuclear force completely under French control.
The traffic in Tahiti has increased greatly in recent years and now the island even boasts a supermarket.
In preparation for the General's visit, the post office in Papeete was touched up, even though the building is new.
The grounds of the new French government office building have also been primped and cleaned up.
Last year, the French brought television to this island of late, the news it broadcasts has been dominated by the General's impending visit.
General De Gaulle will be in Tahiti for less than 3 full days and will stay at the newly-built home for the French governor of Polynesia. At the last minute, workmen were still busy completing a new dock for the General's stay. A new television set has been installed in the house for his use. But the main center of activity during his stay will be the headquarters of the French pacific nuclear testing program.
France now has 14-thousand scientists and military personnel in the Pacific to work on development of atomic weapons.
Preparations have been made for President De Gaulle to observe a nuclear explosion on Friday (9 Sept.) at the testing site, 7-hundred miles east of Tahiti.