What may be the last big parade of French troops in Tunisia took place on July 14 when military forces gathered in the presence of the French Ambassador, M.
LV. M.GORSE. Ambassador of France to TUNIS, arrives and is greeted by General GAMBIEZ.
SV. M. Gorse talking with Officials.
LV. M.BEN MUSTAPHA, Director to Protocol arrives and is greeted by M.Gorse.
SV. M.Ben Mustapha is greeted by General Gambiez.
SV.PAN Mr.MALCOLM, Ambassador of Great Britain arrives and is greeted by General Gambiez walks forward to meet other officials.
LV. Military Procession towards tomb.
SV. Mr. Gorse, General Gambiez and Army Officers stand to attention.
LV. Gendarmes carry coffin containing unknown soldier past drummers.
SV.PAN Gendarmes carry coffin past camera followed by M.Gorse and General Gambiez.
GV. Officials stand to attention while coffin is lowered.
CU. Military policeman stands to attention.
LV. The ceremony.
SV. French flag.
LV. People at ceremony.
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Background: What may be the last big parade of French troops in Tunisia took place on July 14 when military forces gathered in the presence of the French Ambassador, M.Georges Gorse, and the Commander-in-Chief, General Gambiez, to celebrate France's National Day.
By October, France pledges to evacuate her 7,000 troops stationed on Tunisian soil - except for the garrison at Bizerta naval base.
During the July 14 ceremonies in Tunis, the ambassador attended a ruburial service for and unknown French soldier.
France's agreement to withdraw her troops, announced in June, ended four months of tens on between the two countries. Until then, France stubbornly opposed evacuation despite the repeated protest of President Habib Bourgiba - the man who had deposed the Bey of Tunis to form a new Republic - that the presence of foreign troops was a blot on the status of Tunisia's new found independence.
The first units of French troops began withdrawing from the territory, which was formerly a French protectorate, earlier this month.