French President Charles De Gaulle believed the JFK assassination was a high level domestic American conspiracy and the International Herald Tribune reported this on Oct. 19, 1967
From a 10/20/1967 Washington Post article, “De Gaulle Viewed Death of JFK as Conspiracy,” based on the previous day’s International Herald Tribune:
Paris, Oct. 19, 1967
To the large body of frenchmen who believe President Kennedy was the victim of a deep conspiracy, the chief Frenchman himself has now been added – President De Gaulle.
A new book by historian Raymond Tournoux, France’s leading and respected De Gaulle authority, quotes the General as saying:
“The police were in on the job. Either they ordered it to be done, or else they allowed it to be done. In any case, they are in on the job.”
According to Tournoux, this was De Gaulle’s considered conclusion upon his return from Kennedy’s Washington funeral in late 1963.
The General’s views are reported in Tournoux’s new study, “La Tragedie du General” (The General’s Tragedy). It will be published in a few days, although the magazine Paris-Match has already published extracts.
(Asked in Washington if the White House was aware of sentiments attributed to De Gaulle, President Johnson’s press secretary George Christian said, “I have never heard of this until this moment.”)
Tournoux, who gathered his material from exhausting research, among the persons with whom the General talks freely, reports the following:
In his refusal to believe that the Kennedy assassination could have been the work of a lone fanatic, de Gaulle compared it to assassination attempts against himself here in France.
“His story is my story. What happened to Kennedy almost happened to me. The assassination of the President of the United States in Dallas is the assassination which could have struck down the French Chief of State in 1960, 1961, 1962, here or in Algiers.”
De Gaulle also saw a parallel between the already mounting conflict between whites and Negroes in America and the struggle between Algerian Moslems and Europeans as a background to the assassination attempt.
“It’s like a cowboy and Indian story. But it’s really only an OAS story. “The OAS, or Secret Army Organization, was a terrorist group which fought to keep Algeria French.)
“The police are thick with the (Algerian) ultras. The (American) ultras are the Ku Klux Klan, the John Birch Society and all those secret extreme rightist associations.
“It’s the story which would have happened to us if we hadn’t given independence to Algeria. It’s the story of races who can’t get along.”
For the General, Lee Harvey Oswald was only an unfortunate “front man” designated in advance as the scapegoat to set off an anti-Communist “which hunt” to “distract attention.”
“They got hold of this Communist who wasn’t really one, a nullity, a fanatic …a marvelous accused. The idea was to make people believe that the guy acted out of fanaticism and love for Communism.”
The General said “they” planned to shoot Oswald on sight to prevent a trial, but things went wrong. Oswald got suspicious and took flight. A policeman got killed. There were witnesses. A trial had to be avoided at all cost. Things might have come out.
“So the police got hold of an informer, someone they had where they wanted him. That guy killed the false assassin on the pretext of defending Kennedy’s memory.”
“What a laugh,” concluded the General. “Every police in the world is alike when it comes to dirty work.”
Charles de Gaulle, who was almost assassinate by the OSA, was convinced that the JFK assassination was a high level domestic USA plot
Gene Kelly post (9-28-2022) at Education Forum
It is instructive to recall Charles de Gaulle's reaction. When de Gaulle moved to end the French war in Algeria, he induced a strong reaction from his military and far-right circles, including several assassination attempts and a coup. De Gaulle was convinced that the French military coup attempts against him in spring 1961 were instigated by the CIA. President Kennedy told the French ambassador that he (JFK) was not in full control of his own intelligence agency. And when JFK was assassinated in Dallas, President de Gaulle confided that Kennedy was the victim of the same national security forces that had targeted him. David Talbot addresses this in "The Devil's Chessboard" and quotes the French President:
“What happened to Kennedy is what nearly happened to me ... His story is the same as mine ... It looks like a cowboy story, but it’s only an OAS story. The security forces were in cahoots with the extremists.”
Talbot also highlights the similarities of JFK's murder with the plot to bring down Charles De Gaulle - the people involved (retired French generals, rightwing French, poopoo sympathizers, and White Russians), the role of Allen Dulles, the motive behind it (Algerian independence and fear of Communist stronghold in strategic, oil-rich North Africa) - all bear an eerie similarity to the circumstances surrounding the assassination of JFK. His summary quote about Dulles is right on the money ... Dulles’s job was to hijack the US government to benefit the wealthy.
June, 16, 1975 Guardian and Chicago Tribune articles: The CIA says that it was asked by French hard right radicals in 1965 for help in murdering Charles De Gaulle
The Guardian, June 16, 1975:
This morning’s Chicago Tribune reports that congressional leaders have been told by officials that French dissidents approached the CIA 10 years ago to ask for American help in a conspiracy to kill the French President.
The killer was to be an “old soldier.” He was to wear a poisoned ring on one of his fingers. And he was to shake the ’s hand in what the Tribune said today would have been “a clasp...of lethal friendship.”
According to the newspaper in an exclusive copyrighted story that indicates no sources or dateline, a CIA officer travelled to Capitol Hill within the past fortnight to brief Senators and Congressmen on the kind of stories they can expect to unearth when they read the Rockefeller Commission’s censored (by President Ford) section on political assassinations; and what to expect when the two congressional select committees begin to investigate the subject.
In the secret briefing, the CIA man reportedly told the Congressmen that French dissidents – the Algerian connection was not mentioned, but the plot was allegedly hatched after the failure of the 1961 and 1962 attempts on the General’s life – had made contact with the CIA in 1965 and 1966.
At the time, the Johnson administration was less than happy with de Gaulle, who was by then an ardent opponent of the Vietnam war, and had thrown US servicemen out of French military bases.
The plan, as reportedly put to the CIA, involved infiltrating an agent, wearing the poisoned ring – perhaps with a -tipped needle on its outer surface – into a group of old soldiers attending a reception at which the General would appear.
The agent would wait in line to have his hand shaken, deliberately lagging so that the General would be tired and his hand would be numb from shaking the hands of so many more enthusiastic soldiers.
Finally, that “clasp...of lethal friendship,” and the General would fall to the ground while the assassin strolled calmly off into the throng.
The tribune’s sources could not say if the CIA had ever done more than entertain the plan; no evidence exists, the paper says, to show that Mr Johnson knew anything of this; and no one will say if the ring wearing old soldier ever existed.
Only one thing is certain: de Gaulle is dead. He collapsed watching television at his home in Colombey-les-deux-Eglises.