ORAN, Algeria, June 6, 1958 (UPI) - Gen. Charles de Gaulle today called on the insurgent Public Safety Committees of Algieria to submit to the legal government in Paris. He said the work of the committees is done. De Gaulle said flatly he would run Algieria from Paris, with Gen. Raoul Salan as his "delegate general" in this North African land.
"The Algerian movement has achieved its target - in other words, a change of government in Paris and a clarification of our national policy in Algeria," de Gaulle said. "The elements which had taken part in that clearly must change their (political) orientation now."
The move brought the new French premier into a showdown conflict with the right-wing civilian and military junta whose rebellion against Paris authority on May 13 eventually led to de Gaulle's return to power.
But de Gaulle showed he was not prepared to compromise with this group, headed by paratroop Gen. Jacques Massu. His decision to appoint Salan also was a rebuff to insurgents, who had hoped to see Jacques Soustelle, who wants to keep Algeria French at any price, named to the top job.
De Gaulle made his announcement a few hours before boarding a jet plane to take him back to Paris from his three-day fact-finding tour of Algeria.
The committees were still making gestures of defiance to the new premier who came here in the uniform of an army general to show his authority. Last night Committee Vice President Leon Delbecque warned in a broadcast over Algiers Radio that the May 13 rebels had "not crossed the Rubicon just to go fishing."
De Gaulle's reception today in Oran rivaled those accorded him in Algiers and in Constantine and Bone, where he first outlined his program of equality for the Moslems.
But in a setback to his campaign, the Algerian National Liberation Federation (FLN) in Cairo officially rejected his peace offers and said his Algerian policy will mean a continuation of the 3 1/2-year-old Algerian war and its extension into the whole of North Africa.