• Short Summary

    THE UNITED STATES HAS DECIDED TO CLOSE DOWN A GROUP OF MILITARY SUPPLY BASES IN THE VERDUN AREA OF NORTHERN FRANCE.

  • Description

    THE UNITED STATES HAS DECIDED TO CLOSE DOWN A GROUP OF MILITARY SUPPLY BASES IN THE VERDUN AREA OF NORTHERN FRANCE. THE AMERICAN DEFENCE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCE YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) THAT 5,400 SERVICE TROOP SERVICE TROOPS MANNING THEM ARE TO BE SHIPPED HOME. OVER 6,000 LOCALLY EMPLOYED FRENCHMEN WILL BE DISMISSED AS PART OF AN ECONOMY DRIVE.

    FRANCE IS SAID TO BE ANGERED OVER PRESS REPORTS THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS OFFERED TO SHARE THE USE OF CERTAIN FRENCH BASES WITH THE WEST GERMANS. THIS IS LINKED WITH CONGRESSIONAL PRESSURE FOR A REDUCTION IN OVERSEAS SPENDING. THE NEW YORK TIMES SAID YESTERDAY MORNING THAT PRESIDENT DE GAULLE'S REACTION TO THE SUGGESTION "MAKES IT UNLIKELY THAT PERMISSION WILL BE FORTHCOMING."
    THE AMERICAN BASES IN FRANCE ARE LEASED BY THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT TO THE UNITED STATES AND FORM PART OF THE NATO SUPPLY SYSTEM. IT'S BEEN REPORTED THAT WEST GERMANY'S MILITARY LEADERS WISH TO BUILD UP REAR AREA DUMPS AND OBTAIN TRAINING FACILITIES.

    U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS HAVE DENIED THAT THERE HAD BEEN ANYTHING SO DEFINITE CONTEMPLATED AS TURNING FRENCH BASES OVER TO WEST GERMANY WHICH COULD BE DONE ONLY AFTER CONSULTATIONS WITH PARIS. THEY SAID, HOWEVER, THAT "WITHIN THE NATO FRAMEWORK" TALKS HAD BEEN GOING ON ABOUT "IMPROVING THE ALLIANCE'S SUPPLY SYSTEM.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA62B9EZQ1GT7STPS93OJY0W9KC
    Media URN:
    VLVA62B9EZQ1GT7STPS93OJY0W9KC
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/09/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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