Opposition Mounts in France to Arms Shipments to Arab States

Forty Gaullist deputies have already signed an inter-party manifesto calling upon the government to immediately stop all arms shipments to the Arab states. Other Gaullists are now expected to sign this appeal. Practically all opposition parties have indicated they will vote against the government. Observers here say that should the Gaullist deputies vote the motion of non-confidence or even abstain, the government may be in danger.

Meanwhile, unofficial reports said that France was about to ship tomorrow the 90th, 91st and 92nd Mirages to Libya. This shipment would leave only 18 more planes to be delivered. The French Defense Ministry, however, refused to confirm this report.

A number of mass demonstrations have been called for tomorrow to protest against the participation of Libyan Mirages in the Middle East fighting. The president of the Representative Council of French Jews (CRIF), Prof. Ady Steg, has asked to meet French Premier Pierre Messmer “at the earliest.”

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