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    The inauguration of Pont de Bir Hakeim, the memorial of Leclerc and mass held as tribute.

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    Paris, France.

    Avenue d'Orleans renamed in Leclerc's honour. Members of Government attend mass at the Chapel of Saint-Louis des Invalides to pay tribute to his memory. Inauguration of the Pont de Bir Hakeim. 25,000 police were on duty, keeping 18,000 people at a communist demonstration away from the Gaullist ceremony attended by a crowd of 30,000.

    LS.The bridge of Bir-Hakeim with trains passing over it. The bridge named in honour of the French Victory in North Africa in 1943. LS. Elevated shot looking down at bridge showing crowds and trains. LS. Another shot ditto showing inauguration ceremony in progress. MS. Soldiers and sailors carrying flags (2 shots). MS. and SCU. The widow of Gen. Leclerc, Gen. Pierre Koenig French Military Governor and Pierre de Gaulle, President of the Paris Municipal Council, and others watching the ceremony. SCU. Leclerc's widow and another man. SCU. Gens. de Lattre de Tassigny and Koenig watching. MS. Back view Pierre de Gaulle raising flag over the bridge. CU. Flag being drawn aside to reveal plinth with words - 'Pont de Bir-Hakeim' on it. SCU. Flag being raised to top of staff. CU. The plinth. LS. and MS. Army units marching in precession after ceremony. (2 shots). LS. Crowd watching. MS. Tassigny, de Gaulle and Koenig watching. MS. Another angle ditto. The two generals salute. LS. The parade of troops. LS. and MS. The Palais de Tokop. (3 shots). MS. Angle shot part of the palace with statue and flags on terrace. MS. Statue and flags on terrace. SCU. Pierre de Gaulle walking along line of people. SCU. Gen. Koenig shaking hands with Leclerc's widow. LS. Elevated personalities walking up steps to Palace. MS. Another angle ditto. MS. Guards in ceremonial dress. MS. Pan down from old statue to cross of Lorraine engraved on wall plaque. MS. Koenig saluting. De Gaulle by his side. LS. Elevated view ceremony pan up to flags. MS. SCU. The statue of Gen. Leclerc. MS. The dome of Les Invalides, framed in archway. SCU. The dome. SCU. The widow of Gen. Leclerc and her children arriving at Les Invalides for a ceremony to pay tribute to her husband's memory. LS. President Vincent Auriol and Ministers arriving. Pan with them crossing the courtyard, taken from behind guard of honour. MS. Auriol followed by Paul Ramadier walking across courtyard. MS. Interiors of Les Invalides Chapel, showing flags fixed high on wall. SCU. Plaques in wall. CU. Plaque commemorating Gen. Leclerc. LS. MS. G.V.s interior of Chapel with mass in progress. MS. Elevated congregation. MS. Mass in progress. MS. People in congregation. MS. Ministers in the congregation. Paul Ramadier seen. MS. People in the congregation. MS. Back view Auriol in the congregation. MS. Women in the congregation. LS. Elevated lines of police at a de Gaullist demonstration. LS. MS. Various shots of police (5 shots). MS. Nurses wearing medals beside first aid table. (4 shots). MS. People arriving for the rally through police. MS. Police searching people for weapons (4 shots). MS. People arriving at the rally. LS. G.Vs. of the meeting. (3 shots). LS. and MS. Speaker addressing indoor meeting. LS. Crowd at outdoor meeting (Communist). MS. People clapping at Communist meeting. SCU. Sign - 'Avenue General Leclerc' pan down column giving names of his victories. CU. The sign. SCU. Flags and map of France with cross of Lorraine superimposed on it. SCU. Two French air force men looking up. MS. Gen. Pierre de Gaulle walking through crowd with others and mounting rostrum. LS. Crowds with flags above their heads (3 shots). LS. Crowds. LS. Crowd applauding. SCU. Men types applauding. (2 shots). LS. G.Vs of crowd (2 shots). MS. De Gaulle speaking from rostrum. SCU. Crowd singing the Marseillaise. MS. De Gaulle on rostrum. MS. Crowds clapping on roadside. (2 shots). LMS. Procession with flags marching through street. (Ex-servicemen). LMS. Procession marching through street. LS. and MS.The Arc de Triomphe with crowds in foreground. MS. Crowds watching as people march past. LS. Ex-servicemen with flags walking along the Champs Elysee. MS. SCU. Gen. Leclerc's widow, Gen. Koenig, Gen. de Tassigny walking in procession. CU. Men with medals in procession. MS. The Arc de Triomphe with people assembled around it. MS. Koenig and other generals standing beside the everlasting flame of the tomb of the Unknown Warrior. SCU. Koenig lighting a torch from the flame. MS. Pan down the Arc de Triomphe to procession passing beneath. MS. Troops with rifles raised. MS. G.V. of the gathering, with flags dipped.


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    Unissued unused
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    01:07:09:00 / 01:10:23:00
    UN 2150 A

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  1. Unknown user says

    "renamed in Leclerc's honour" - this refers to General Philippe Leclerc, (alias Jacques-Philippe Leclerc).

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