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De Gaulle Authorizes Protection Measures from Assassination Attempts

Aug. 29, 1962 - President de Gaulle authorized today increased measures to protect himself from assassination. He also promised action to insure his succession. The President was the target of assassination attempts last week and last year. General de Gaulle yielded to the pressing demands of Interior Minister Roger Frey that the President’s safety be taken out of the hands of a small special unit under Presidential direction and turned over to the main security forces. In the past, the President has dismissed attempts on his life with such phrases as “a joke in bad taste” and “these people don’t aim very well.” However, members of the Government have convinced him that it is his duty to recognize that the bullet that passed within an inch of his head in an ambush last Wednesday menaced not only his life but also the internal stability of France.

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