On 1 June 1958, General Charles de Gaulle got the go-ahead to form a new government. With the war in Algeria threatening to bring civil war to France, de Gaulle demanded special powers to restore order and unity

The National Assembly tonight voted, by 329 to 224, to put General de Gaulle back into power as Premier of France. The Socialists’ vote was split (about 50 of them voting with 141 Communists against the General), although he had included two Socialists in his government.

The General, who is also to be Minister of Defence, held a Cabinet meeting tonight, although the formal transfer of powers is not expected to take place until tomorrow. He is expected to go to Algiers on Tuesday. Meanwhile it was announced that the censorship of French papers and radio had been abandoned.

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