A great ovation was accorded French President de Gaulle by members after he had addressed a joint session of congress in washington's Capitol Building, Apr 25.
(The following is a translation of an extract form his speech)
TRANSCRIPT: "My present trip is taking place on the eve of an International meeting where the fate of mankind either moves towards calamity or peace. This explains the great importance which I attach to the conversations I have just had with the President and members of the Administration and also to my meeting with you distinguished Senators and Congressmen at the Capitol in Washington.
Indeed I do not believe that the human race has ever been more threatened than it is today. Mechanism now dominates the earth. It has brought forth gigantic material progress. But at the same time it has produced two apparently irreconcilable systems each of which claims it possesses the only workable way to transform society.
France has made her choice. She has chosen to be on the side of the free peoples; she has chosen to be there with you.
Americans let me say to you; in the big contest that lies ahead, nothing counts more for France than the wisdom, the resolution, the friendship of the great people of the United states. This is what I have come here to tell you."
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Background: A great ovation was accorded French President de Gaulle by members after he had addressed a joint session of congress in washington's Capitol Building, Apr 25. Speaking of the forthcoming Summit conference, the President said:
President de Gaulle - on the fourth day of his American visit - had earlier concluded discussions with President Eisenhower in agreement that disarmament should have top priority at next month's Summit conference.