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De Gaulle Visits the United States
In April 1960, French President Charles De Gaulle visited with U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower in an effort to improve relations between France and the United States after diverging policy objectives in the 1950's strained the relationship.
De Gaulle and his wife, Yvonne, arrived in Washington, D.C., on April 22 for four days of meetings, a speech in front of a joint session of Congress, and a state dinner. On April 24 the two Presidents paid a visit to Eisenhower's farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, after which they continued their meetings at Camp David, Maryland.
On April 26, the de Gaulles went to New York, where he was treated to a ticker tape parade (below).
On April 27, an estimated 250,000 San Franciscans lined the streets of De Gaulles motorcade route from the San Francisco International Airport to City Hall. Among his engagements that day, De Gaulle met with California Governor Edmund G. Brown and toured the bay.
The De Gaulles spent April 28-29 in New Orleans, Louisiana, before boarding a plane back to France. The De Gaulles were accompanied around the United States by Under Secretary of State Douglas Dillon, who had served as U.S. Ambassador to France from 1953 through 1957.
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