• Short Summary

    THE ALGERIAN GOVERNMENT HAS BEGUN ITS PROMISED "AGRICULTURAL REFORMS" BY SEIZING ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S BIGGEST EUROPEAN ESTATES.

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    THE ALGERIAN GOVERNMENT HAS BEGUN ITS PROMISED "AGRICULTURAL REFORMS" BY SEIZING ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S BIGGEST EUROPEAN ESTATES.IN A SURPRISE WEEKEND MOVE, SEVERAL HUNDRED ARMED TROOPS AND POLICE SURROUNDED AND OCCUPIED THE LA TRAPPE ESTATE, 10 MILES FROM ALGIERS.

    ONCE RUN BY TRAPPIST MONKS, THE 4,500-ACRE PROPERTY BELONGED TO 67-YEAR-OLD HENRI BORGEAUD, ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL LANDOWNERS IN THE DAYS OF FRENCH RULE.A FORMER FRENCH SENATOR, BORGEAUD STAYED ON AFTER ALGERIAN INDEPENDENCE AS FINANCIER, INDUSTRIALIST AND LANDOWNER.

    SITUATED IN RICH VINEYARD AND FARMING COUNTRY, THE LA TRAPPE ESTATE EMPLOYS HUNDREDS OF FARM WORKERS PRODUCING WINE, FRUIT AND VEGETABLES.THE MAIN ENTRANCE BEARS A LATIN INSCRIPTION READING: "HERE ARE THE GATES OF HEAVEN".BUT NOW NO-ONE CAN LEAVE OR ENTER WITHOUT A PERMIT.UNDER THE GOVERNMENT'S SOCIALISATION PLAN, THE PROPERTY WILL BE RUN BY A COMMITTEE OF WORKERS, WHO'LL WORK IN LIAISON WITH A LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE.

    FRANCE PROTESTED STRONGLY AT THE SEIZURE IN A WEEKEND MEETING BETWEEN THE FRENCH AMBASSADOR AND THE ALGERIAN PRIME MINISTER, MR BEN BELLA.TOMORROW, IN PARIS, IT'S EXPECTED THAT THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS WILL ISSUE A STATEMENT ON WHAT IS REGARDED AS A BREACH OF THE EVIAN AGREEMENT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3YT8FEOAH2P54S306O5ARYQTG
    Media URN:
    VLVA3YT8FEOAH2P54S306O5ARYQTG
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/04/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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