The French Government is concerned that more Vietnamese refugees will arrive in France, following the recent fall of Saigon.
SV Village sign on roadside
GV PAN Settlement buildings situated around central green
SCU Elderly Vietnamese wearing traditional clothes walks dog
CU Other elderly ladies in traditional dress (2 shots)
SV Hotel and cafe
CU EXT Thanphong Hotel-Restaurant Exotique
SV EXT General stores in settlement
SV & CU People being served, in shop, displaying cut chicken and bananas (2 shots)
SV Young Vietnamese people walking in street (2 shots)
CU & LV PAN Vietnamese child watches boys play football (2 shots)
CU Characters sign above temple
LV & CU INT Temple. Priests and elders praying and counting beads in front of decorated altar (7 shots)
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Background: The French Government is concerned that more Vietnamese refugees will arrive in France, following the recent fall of Saigon.
Many are already there. But the French fear they will not be able to find jobs because of the high rate of unemployment in the country. Another worry is that they may not be able to adapt quickly to the French way of life.
Many thousands of Vietnamese and Cambodians already live in France as a result of earlier French colonial involvement in their countries. In 1954 - when French forces were defeated in Indochina - many more thousands arrived in France. Some have intermarried and set up businesses, but others seem reluctant to integrate.
A small settlement near the village of Saint-Livrade in the South-West of France is an example of this. The settlement still looks like a transit camp, nearly twenty years after it was built. The old people there wear traditional dress and live very much the way they did before they arrived in France. Inevitably, most of the young consists of old people and young children. Although not completely typical, the camp shows how many of the refugees prefer to live in small, isolated groups rather than integrating with the local people.
The local authorities have been looking at the camp and plans are underway to give the buildings a long overdue facelift.