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National Press Club Luncheon Speakers

Charles de Gaulle, April 23, 1960

French President Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) arrived in Washington on Friday, April 22, 1960, for a State visit comprised primarily of talks with President Dwight D. Eisenhower to prepare for the upcoming Big Four summit planned for May in Paris, the first such meeting since World War II of leaders from the U.S., Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union. The next morning, de Gaulle held “a vast press conference at the National Press Club,” he wrote in his memoir, “where most of the questions put to me concerned the projected meeting of the Big Four.” The New York Times described his performance as “relaxed and informal.” ... More [PDF; 67 KB]

Timings (hh:mm:ss)

Introduction: 00:00--06:00
Speech: 06:00-14:28
Q & A: 14:34-01:02:36

Topics of the Talk

  • Relations between East and West (translation): 11:41-13:14
  • Benefits of a Détente (translation): 13:14-14:02
  • Berlin Crisis as a Topic of Summit Talks: 14:52-18:06; 21:28-24:25; 30:12-33:10
  • Disarmament as a Topic of Summit Talks: 18:07-24:25
  • Talks between U.S., France, Soviet Union, and Great Britain after Summit: 24:30-28:05
  • Benefit of Bilateral Relations: 28:06-30:09
  • De Gaulle’s Opinion of Nikita Khrushchev: 33:13-37:23
  • Relationship between France and Soviet Union: 39:58-45:13
  • Threat of Communism in French Politics: 45:16-47:26
  • European Economic Community: 55:36-59:59
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