• Short Summary

    A MAJOR DIPLOMATIC ROW IS BREWING IN FRANCE FOLLOWING A NINE-HOUR INCIDENT AT ORLY AIRPORT ON WEDNESDAY (28 APRIL) WHEN OFFICIALS OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA EMBASSY IN PARIS WERE INVOLVED IN STRUGGLES WITH AIRPORT POLICE.

  • Description

    A MAJOR DIPLOMATIC ROW IS BREWING IN FRANCE FOLLOWING A NINE-HOUR INCIDENT AT ORLY AIRPORT ON WEDNESDAY (28 APRIL) WHEN OFFICIALS OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA EMBASSY IN PARIS WERE INVOLVED IN STRUGGLES WITH AIRPORT POLICE. THE INCIDENT BEGAN DURING THE MORNING AFTER AIRPORT POLICE WENT TO THE ASSISTANCE OF A CHINESE TECHNICAL ADVISOR...THOUGHT TO HAVE BEEN HEAVILY DRUGGED...ABOUT TO LEAVE ON A FLIGHT OUT OF THE COUNTRY. HE HAD EARLIER SOUGHT POLITICAL ASYLUM. INFURIATED CHINESE EMBASSY OFFICIALS TWICE ATTEMPTED TO STORM THE AIRPORT POLICE OFFICE, AND THREE WERE ARRESTED. THE DRUGGED MAN WAS TAKEN TO A NEARBY HOSPITAL AND THE ARRESTED OFFICIALS WERE LATER RELEASED. THE INCIDENT IS BEING REGARDED BY FRENCH DIPLOMATS AS THE UGLIEST IN FRANCO-CHINESE RELATIONS SINCE THE LATE GENERAL DE GAULLE'S RESTORATION OF FULL DIPLOMATIC TIES IN 1964. THIS COVERAGE WAS FILMED BY VISNEWS CAMERAMAN PIERRE RIHOUET WHO WAS FIRST ON THE SPOT. MANY NEWSMEN WERE PREVENTED ACCESS BY A SQUAD OF 50 RIOT POLICE CALLED IN TO HELP DEAL WITH THE SITUATION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4ZLI8B9U3QUTXG069VSWR2XTY
    Media URN:
    VLVA4ZLI8B9U3QUTXG069VSWR2XTY
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/04/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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