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Remarks at Orly Airport on Departure From France

March 02, 1969

Mr. President:

I want to express, on behalf of all of the members of our party, our deep gratitude again for the great hospitality you have extended to us and that we have received from the French people.

On this occasion, as I leave this country and go to Rome, and then back to Washington tonight, I am very pleased to announce that President de Gaulle has accepted an invitation to visit the United States. He will visit Washington sometime in January or February at a time that is mutually convenient for our two schedules.

We look forward to seeing him there again, and I am delighted that he was able to work this visit into his schedule.

Note: The President spoke at 2:07 p.m. at Orly Airport near Paris. President Charles de Gaulle responded in French. The French Embassy translation follows:

Mr. President, we are delighted to have had your visit. It is a success, I think, for our two countries, and it is a success for yourself, and we are all pleased by that success.

So, if you wish, until next year.

Richard Nixon, Remarks at Orly Airport on Departure From France Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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