April 11, 1958

CRISIS IN FRANCE: Paris, 11 – Political observers said tonight that they could not rule out the possible resignation of conservative members of the French government during tomorrow morning’s cabinet meeting. Prime Minister Felix Gaillard, after meeting with the US presidential envoy, Mr Murphy, on the Tunisian problem, held a long meeting with five conservative members of the government and Defense Minister Jacques Chaban-Delmas, who represents the Gaullist group of deputies. The conservatives and Gaullists have threatened to leave the government and thereby cause its downfall if Gaillard makes concessions to Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba unless the latter agrees to a ceasefire in Algeria. All the ministers who met with Gaillard looked grim upon leaving his office and refused to make any comment to the press, as is customary. The conservatives then visited President Rene Coty. CYPRIOT STRUGGLE: Nicosia, 11 – The National Cypriot Fighters’ Organization (EOKA) has issued a proclamation warning the British authorities on Cyprus that attacks on British targets would begin if they did not stop mistreating political prisoners. Recently, EOKA has mainly been engaging in sabotage rather than in attacks on British soldiers and civilians.

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