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    Despite recent language reforms by Belgium's outgoing parliament, the divisions between the country's Flemish and French-speaking communities showed up again when voters went to the polls in Sunday's general election.

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    Despite recent language reforms by Belgium's outgoing parliament, the divisions between the country's Flemish and French-speaking communities showed up again when voters went to the polls in Sunday's general election.

    Early returns Indicated significant gains for the two extreme linguistic parties, both of which favour a federal solution for Belgium's problems. But the two parties which formed the last coalition government, the Social Christians and the Socialists, look set for another four-year term of office.

    Cameraman Maurice de Witte filmed polling in Brussels yesterday, where Prince Albert -- brother of King Baudouin -- was among the voters.

    SYNOPSIS: Brisk business at polling stations throughout Belgium on Sunday, as the country voted in its general election. Despite recent language reforms by the outgoing government, the old divisions between French and Flemish-speaking communities were much in evidence. Early results showed important gains for the two extreme French and Flemish linguistic parties, both of which want Belgium split into a federal state according to language divisions.

    Prince Albert, brother of King, Baudouin, was among the voters in Brussels. Despite the gains by the pro-federal movements, it seemed that the two parties which formed the last coalition -- the Social Christians and the Socialists -- were set for another four years in power.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1SMLGD6V83IFA1FSXFRW6D55P
    Media URN:
    VLVA1SMLGD6V83IFA1FSXFRW6D55P
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/11/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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