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BIAFRA: Charles De Gaule Press Conference

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President Charles De Gaulle of France. Image: Reporters Associe/Gamma-Rapho


Comments made by the President of France in Paris on September 9, 1968, at a press conference answering a reporter's question on Africa's most blood soaked event, The Pogrom: What is his view of the situation in Biafra?
What does he think should happen there?
What action does he refuse to take with regard to Biafra? Why? President De Gaulle's exchange with a reporter: Question: The drama taking place in Biafra seems to grow more tragic every day. You have alluded several times to the Biafran problem. Mr. President, could you give us your point of view on this problem ? De Gaulle: I am not sure that the system of federation, which sometimes, in certain parts and from a certain angle replaces that of colonization, is always a very good and very practical system, particularly in Africa. But not only in Africa, for in fact it consists in arbitrarily joining together peoples who are sometimes very differen…

BIAFRA: Diplomacy And Dialogue

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(L-R): Rev. Fr. Joe McHugh, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Archbishop Francis Arinze. Location: Onitsa. Image: TG4/IE/Declan Lynch. Circa 1967