January 18,1960

MASSU CRITICIZES DE GAULLE POLICY: Paris, 19 – The problem in Algeria has created further upheaval in France, due to the publication of an interview with French Brigadier General Jacques Massu, commander of the parachute division and military governor of Algiers, with the editor of the newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung in Munich. In the interview, Massu harshly criticizes French President General Charles de Gaulle’s Algerian policy and says that the French Army in Algeria has the power to implement its own ideas regarding the way the war should be waged and that it would use that power if need be. He also accuses De Gaulle of left-wing behavior. Massu has officially refuted the statements attributed to him in the interview, but the German journalist affirms their veracity. Massu has been urgently recalled to Paris by the defense minister, obviously to explain his statements, despite his refutation of them. Massu is also expected to meet with Prime Minister Michel Debre. Prices on the Paris stock exchange fell by 5 to 8 percent after news of the interview broke. BANK EMPLOYEE’S SUICIDE: EDA deputies Ilias Iliou and Stavros Iliopoulos have raised questions in Parliament about what measures had been taken following the suicide of a National Bank employee.

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