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President Eisenhower's Trip to Paris

In May 1960, with tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union strained by the U-2 Incident, Eisenhower attended a conference of the "Big Four Powers" in Paris, France.

Determined to relieve tensions between the United States, and the U.S.S.R., Eisenhower arrived in Paris on May 16, only to find Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev insistent that no negotiations begin until the United States had made amends for sending a spy plane over the Soviet Union. British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and French President Charles De Gaulle tried to re-establish a basis for meeting, but were unsuccessful. Eisenhower left Paris on May 19, stopped at Portugal, and returned home to be welcomed by about 200,000 persons in Washington, D.C.

President Eisenhower receives a very enthusiastic welcome upon his return to Washington after the failed "Big Four" conference in Paris.

See Also

Nikita Khrushchev
Harold Macmillan
Charles De Gaulle

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