• Short Summary

    Following the bomb attack on the Algerian Consulate in Marseilles, France, on Saturday (15 December), angry demonstrators gathered outside the building on the following day (Sunday).

  • Description

    Following the bomb attack on the Algerian Consulate in Marseilles, France, on Saturday (15 December), angry demonstrators gathered outside the building on the following day (Sunday). Several of them called for a general strike, and many Algerian shopkeepers kept their shutters down.

    The bomb had been thrown into the building by a man who escaped in a waiting car. It exploded killing four people and injuring 23 others. At the time there were dozens of Algerian workers waiting in the Consulate, and the explosion left the ground floor strewn with casualties.

    The town has a large population of Arabs and former French settlers from North Africa, and there have been many clashes between the two communities in the past. During last summer, the racial situation in Marseilles gave rise to deep concern after several Algerians were killed in a wave of violent incidents following the murder of a bus driver by a deranged North African.

    The French President, M. Georges Pompidou, immediately sent a message of sympathy to President Houari Boumedienne of Algeria when he heard of the bombing.

    M. Mohammed Bedjaoui, the Algerian Ambassador to France, described the attack as a "serious escalation of terrorism" against his countrymen. He intended to return to Algeria on Sunday to consult his Government.

    A news agency in Paris later received a message claiming that a clandestine group of former French settlers from Algeria were responsible for the outrage.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5BGHNNLOKQX931K8PGM96AG5P
    Media URN:
    VLVA5BGHNNLOKQX931K8PGM96AG5P
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/12/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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