French nationals are starting to leave Chad in central Africa after renewed fighting between Government and rebel forces.
GV: Relatives and others waiting at airport.
MV: Arrival Sign.
GVs: Colons with children coming out of customs. (3 SHOTS)
SV: Women and children surrounded by newsmen. (2 SHOTS)
Some four thousand French nationals live in the land-locked territory of Chad. France has a military co-operation agreement with Chad, which has been fighting a sporadic guerrilla war with Fronlinat rebels from the arid north of the country for more than 10 years. A ceasefire signed last month was broken on April 15 when Frolinat forces captured the Government post of Salal, in central Chad.
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Background: French nationals are starting to leave Chad in central Africa after renewed fighting between Government and rebel forces.
SYNOPSIS: Anxious relatives waited at Paris airport in the early hours of Thursday morning (27 April) for those who were returning. Two hundred returned on Thursday - mainly women and children. They had left N'djamena on Wednesday night, a few hours after the French Government officially confirmed for the first time that it had sent troop reinforcements to Chad. Some passengers said they were extremely worried by the situation there.
Others said they'd been advised by employers to leave, although they felt the situation had been overdramatised. According to reports, several French residents were beaten up and shop looted in Southern Chad earlier this week.