Western Europe: The Unvisit

Arriving in Bonn just 13 days after President Kennedy's triumphant visit, Charles de Gaulle made no effort to enter a popularity contest. Both French and Germans legitimately emphasized that the two-day trip was only a "work ing visit" as stipulated by the brand-new Franco-German Friendship Treaty. As far as protocol and the public were concerned, it was even a kind of unvisit —no parades, no crowds, none of the pageantry so dear to the heart of De Gaulle.

The Bonn press predicted that De Gaulle would try to whip the Germans into line in case they had got too friendly toward...

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