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President Kennedy Expresses Dismay Over Death of French Newsman

Oct. 1, 1962 - President Kennedy told Agence France Presse today that he wanted to “express the dismay of the American people” over the death of Paul Guihard (pictured below), the French news agency’s reporter who was killed last night during the rioting at the University of Mississippi. In a telegram to the agency office at 50 Rockefeller Plaza, President Kennedy declared: “I am convinced that the American people as well as the people of the state of Mississippi, who are anxious to respect the law, share in the sorrow that I feel in the idea that such a thing happened in our country.” Mr. Guihard, a 30-year-old reporter and editor, was sent to Oxford, Miss., on his day off because the agency was shorthanded. He was on the campus when rioting broke out about 8:30 p.m. He was found in front of a woman’s dormitory about 10 minutes later, shot between the shoulders, and was pronounced dead on arrival at Oxford Hospital.


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