February 12, 1960

FRENCH FARMERS’ REVOLT: Paris, 11 – France was in the grip of another serious crisis today as farmers in the northern part of the country rebelled against the fixing of prices for their products. In Amiens, there were scenes more reminiscent of a revolution. Stones were thrown by farmers who had massed in the fertile valleys of Picardy to protest against President Charles de Gaulle’s farming policy. Cries of «Long live Massu» and «Long live French Algeria» were heard. An estimated 30,000 farmers gathered from early in the day from seven departments in northern France. CYPRUS: Parliamentary deputies Georgios Mavros, Constantine Mitsotakis and Ioannis Toumbas have submitted a question to the government regarding what they call its tactics of secret diplomacy on the Cyprus issue. The postponement of the declaration of Cyprus’s independence, they say, is causing concern among the public. Given the recent debate in the House of Commons when the world heard the British view, it is unacceptable, they add, for the Greek Parliament to be kept in ignorance of developments relating to what is a very important national issue.

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