France and the North Atlantic Alliance
De gaulle's round of Pre-Summit Meetings
President de gaulle's crowded diplomatic schedule of the next two months reflects the growing stature of France on the stage of world politics. After receiving British Prime Minister Macmillan for two days of private talks, March 12–13, de Gaulle on March 15 is to welcome Soviet Premier Khrushchev to France for a fortnight's state visit. The French President himself then travels to England for a state visit, April 5–8, before proceeding across the Atlantic two weeks later to confer with Canadian government leaders in Ottawa and to spend three days, April 22–25, with President Eisenhower in Washington.1 The climax follows shortly afterward when de Gaulle plays host at the Big Four summit meeting scheduled ...