Malcolm X talking to the press at London Airpo…

Malcolm X talking to the press at London Airport, February 1965.

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February 9, Malcolm had flew from London to Paris for a speaking engagement.

At Orly Airport, French police barred him from entering the country. Authorities felt his speech threatened to provoke “demonstrations that would trouble the public order,” so he flew back to London. It was odd because he had just been in Paris a few months prior. The day before his assassination Malcolm told Alex Haley that he felt the incident in France was a sign of his impending murder. Eric Norden, a journalist who investigated Malcolm’s death revealed that an African diplomat told him that his country’s intelligence apparatus had been informed by France that the CIA planned Malcolm’s murder, and France didn’t want Malcolm killed on its soil.

(Video of Malcolm X speaking about ban from France)