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    MR. JACQUES SOUSTELLE, THE LAST MAJOR OPPONENT OF PRESIDENT DE GAULLE'S ALGERIAN INDEPENDENCE POLICY TO?

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    MR. JACQUES SOUSTELLE, THE LAST MAJOR OPPONENT OF PRESIDENT DE GAULLE'S ALGERIAN INDEPENDENCE POLICY TO REMAIN IN SELF IMPOSED EXILE, RETURNED TODAY (THURSDAY) TO FRANCE. FRIEND AND SUPPORTERS GREETED MR. SOUSTELLE, 56, AS HE ARRIVED AT PARIS - ORLY AIRPORT FROM SWITZERLAND WHERE HE'S SPENT MOST OF HIS SEVEN YEARS IN EXILE.

    HIS HOMECOMING MARKED THE CLOSED OF AN ERA WHEN THE SUPPORTERS OF FRENCH "FRENCH ALGERIA" FOUGHT A BITTER UNDERCOVER WAR AGAINST THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT.

    MR. SOUSTELLE WAS PREVIOUSLY WANTED ON CHARGES OF PLOTTING AGAINST THE STATE. A FORMER GAULLIST MINISTER, HE BENEFITTED FROM A GENERAL AMNESTY PASSED LAST JULY FOR ALL OFFENCES ARISING FROM THE ALGERIAN STRUGGLE FOR INDEPENDENCE, GRANTED IN 1962.

    SINCE 1964 PRESIDENT DE GAULLE HAS RELEASED MORE THAN 3,000 PEOPLE CONVICTED IN CONNECTION WITH ALGERIA. THESE INCLUDED FORMER FRENCH PRIME MINISTER GEORGES BIDAULT, AND EX-GENERAL RAOUL SALAN.

    IN PARIS, MR. SOUSTELLE SAID THAT TO RETURN TO ONE'S COUNTRY AFTER SO MANY YEARS IS ALWAYS A JOYFUL OCCASION.

    SIMILAR SENTIMENTS HAVE BEEN EXPRESSED BY DOZENS OF OTHER POLITICAL EXILES IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS AS THEY'VE TRICKLED BACK INTO FRANCE FROM BELGIUM, ITALY, SPAIN, SWITZERLAND AND SOUTH AMERICA.

    MR. SOUSTELLE, A FORMER GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF ALGERIA DENIED EVER HAVING BEEN ACTIVE IN THE TERRORIST SECRET ARMY ORGANISATION, OAU, AND SAID HE HAD BEEN CONDEMNED FOR HIS POLITICAL VIEWS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2C0S4SDUEXQ8SW1DQ7GICO4UX
    Media URN:
    VLVA2C0S4SDUEXQ8SW1DQ7GICO4UX
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/10/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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