Nearly everyone in France, from small boys to tall presidents, turns out to watch the Tour de France as it passes through his home town. When this year's Tour reached the village of Colombey-les-deux-Églises the cyclists—who usually ignore onlookers—became watch-birds themselves. Their attention centered on the prominent spectator in the center of this picture. His name, of course, is Charles de Gaulle. De Gaulle has rallied his people many times, but he failed to inspire the French cyclists. The 2,607-mile Tour was won by Gas-tone Nencini, a 30-year-old Italian.
This is an article from the Aug. 8, 1960 issue