September 2, 1959

EISENHOWER AND DE GAULLE: Paris, 2 – The French capital is decked out in all its finery today as Parisians gather along the route from Le Bourget Airport to the Quai d’Orsay to give US President Dwight D. Eisenhower a resounding welcome. France greeted Eisenhower as a head of state, although this had not been provided for in the announcement of his visit to France. Masses of people who had gathered at the airport, along the Champs-Elysees, Rue de Rivoli, around the Arc de Triomphe and at City Hall cheered the US president, as they believe his policies are the cornerstone of the present peace the security of which depends upon closer relations between allies throughout the Atlantic community. His talks with French President Charles De Gaulle, believed to be more extensive than those he had in Bonn and London, have been warm and held in an atmosphere of complete understanding. This is not only because both leaders have been seeking a favorable solution to any differences still pending between the two countries but because they both have observed that, in order to preserve world peace and promote their own interests, it is necessary to protect the unity of the entire Western alliance and moreover to take a steadfast but flexible approach to Moscow.