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.
President De Gaulle pays his respects at
the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National
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
President De Gaulle being formally
welcomed in the San Francisco City Hall Rotunda.
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.
the Year 1960
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