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WELCOME I I FRENCH PRESIDENT ARRIVES I MET BY THE KING. I A WEEK OF FESTIVITIES I TRiis afternoon M. Armand Fallieres, PTesi- Lent of the French Republic, arrived in this lountry on a state visit which promises to )e altogether a most memorable one. A full programme of festivities has been. trranged, the principal event in which will toe the state visit to the Franco-British Exhi- bition to-morrow afternoon of the King and 3ueen and the French President, tremen- dous efforts having been made to complete the exhibition in time for this international function. On his arrival at Boulogne the President embarked on the French cruiser Leon Gam- betta, and was met in the Channel by a Oumber of British destroyers, which con- voyed the cruiser across. Outside Dover a great fleet had gathered, forming a striking feature of the pageant in honour of the President. It consisted of nearly 50 warships, and was by far the most powerful naval display ever witnessed on that part of the coast. All the ships were gaily decorated rainbow fashion, and were manned by housands of British tars, who gave President Fallieres a hearty cheer as the French ships passed through the lines, whilst the guns of the fleet and of the fortifications roared out a aalute. Dover was decorated and illuminated on an extensive scale, especially the latter, which comprised three miles of electrical festooning in tricoloured lamps. All along the main streets were displayed mottoes giving welcome to England's guest. Immediately in front of the cruiser's berthing-place had been created a special Pavilion. Here Prince Arthur of Gohinaught received the President on behalf of the King. The scene was a brilliant one, there being a large gathering of distinguished naval and military officers, diplomatists, attaches, &c., in full uniform. I The President's Journey I DEPARTURE FROM PARIS I President Fallieres left Paris at 7.25 this tnornin,g en i-oute for Londo-a. All the Ministers were present at the Gare Du Nord, and M. Pichon, M. Jean Lanes, Captain Kerdudreu, M. Armand Mollard, Ldeutenant- olonel Lasson, and M. Varenine travelled iith the President. Despite the early hour, a considerable )rowd had assembled outside the barriers of lhe Gare du Nord. The station was prettily decorated with crimson hangings and flowers. A company of the Republican Guard Was drawn up on the red carpeted platform. M. Fallieries, accompanied by M. Pichon, arrived at 7.15. and was received by M. Clemenceau and other members of the Cabinet. Before entering the train the President bestowed long service medals on a number of the employee of the railway company who have completed thirty years' service. As the train moved off the President stood at the window of his saloon exchanging cor- dial salutations with Ministers and other leading functionaries. I Bend Off at Boulogne I President Fallieres arrived at Boulogne at 10.19 a.m .and received a great ovation from the inhabitants. The town was gaily deco- rated for the occasion. During the progresis of the President's carriage to the docks cannon boomed and church bells were rung. All the ships in the harbour and docks dis- played bunting, and music was heard on all I •i Rides.On reaching the Maritime Station M. fallieres immediately embarked on the the tender Holland, which had been specially decorated. Then, amid more booming of cannon and outbursts of cheering from crowds on the piers, the steamer slowly moved down the harbour, and soon reached the Leon Ga-mbetta, which put to sea at half-past eleven. The Doulogne authorities accompanied their distinguished visitors on this short sea trip, and on their return proceeded to the Casino, where a large assembly was enter- tained to luncheon. The festivities of the day are to close with >Pen-air concerts and popular dances, tenera.1 illumination of public edifices, and Areworks. The precautions takeTh by the police for the safety of M. Fallieres were very strin- gent. The local and Parisian detectives were scattered about, and all the ships moored to the west of the quays had to haul off ten yards I Arrival at Dover I The President, on board (the Leon Gam- betta, arrived at Dover amid thunderous Salutes from the British warships anchored in the roadstead. There was a scene of great enthusiasm when the French President landed at the Prince of Wales Pier. Prince Arthur of Connaught met him halfway down the gangway and &hook him warmly by the hand. The corporation of Dover presented an Address, in which they said:- We sincerely trust tha.t the happy friend- ship between our nations may ever increase to the benefit of each and the peace of the world. The President handed back a reply, in hich he said:- I am deeply touched by the words with which you have been kind enought to receive the President of the French Re- public at a moment when he set. foot on British soil. I congratulate myself parti- cularly on being able to salute in you the worthy representatives of the noble city of Dover, the capital of the Cinque Ports. Proudest I offer you warm wishes for pros- perity. The President then moved off in the direc- tion of a carriage await,ing him amid a Renewal of enthusiasm. The gadly-decorated Streets of Dover were crowded by cheering Spectators, many of whom were French. In due course his Excellency arrived at Priory Station. Here another enthusiastic feception awaited him, and the cheers of the populace were still ringing in his ears, when be special train left for town. II Arrival in London I I The President was met at Victoria Station, London, by th e King, the Prince of Wales, Ilnd other members of tie Royal Family, ^■nd there were also present Mr. Asquith, Sir Edward Grey, Mr. Gladstone, and the Military members of the Army Council. The Neeption over, the King, with M. Falliereo, Escorted by the Life Gnards, drove in a state a,rriage to St. James's Palace, where the ^resident will reside till Friday morning, ^hen he will return to Paris. In the evening the President will visit the •King and Queen at Buckingham Palace, and Afterwards the Prince and Princess of Wales ^t MarlboTough House. At 8.30 M. Fallieries Mil dine with the King and Queen at Illickin.-ham Palace. After a most enthusiastic reception. Presi- dent Falliores left Dover far Victoria, where h( arrived at 4.15 pan. The President left Victoria Station at 4.20 'Or York House, St. James's Pal-ace.

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