As bomb outrages - attributed to FLN terrorists and French right-wing extremists - continued in France and Algeria, uniformed Swiss guards at Bois d'Avrault, near Geneva, Apr.7, were looking after their side of the security problem created by the envisaged Franco-Algerian peace talks at Evian.
SV Girl pins newspaper poster outside shop.
CU Headline "Creation d'un battalion specialise?"
CU 79 Bois d'Avrault pan to policeman guarding gate.
CU Sign"Private Property". Pan to SV policeman at gate.
CU Coil of barbed wire.
SV Flood light.
MV Another light
SV Two soldiers on patrol
SV Another angle above.
MV Soldier in fox hole - head just visible.
SV Wire fence round property.
SV Army lorry through gate.
CU Tilt Gates shut.
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Background: As bomb outrages - attributed to FLN terrorists and French right-wing extremists - continued in France and Algeria, uniformed Swiss guards at Bois d'Avrault, near Geneva, Apr.7, were looking after their side of the security problem created by the envisaged Franco-Algerian peace talks at Evian.
With local papers mooting the formation of a special battalion to protect the Algerian rebel emissaries in Switzerland, utmost precautions were already being taken at the FLN residence in Bois d'Avrault. There, a spacious villa set in open grounds is surrounded by barbed wire obstacles. Soldiers are crouching in foxholes, security guards patrol the area, and police sentries at the gate - with a sign reading "Private Property" - keep a close check on anyone trying to enter the grounds.
After a week of violence, which brought the death of the mayor of Evian and a bomb explosion in the Paris Bourse, the situation is getting more and more complex. The only clear outcome so far is that the Evian talks did not start on Apr. 7 as originally planned. Despite a continuous flood of threatening letters and anti-FLN leaflets, the town is holding itself in readiness for the conference, now expected to begin shortly after General de Gaulle's press conference on Apr. 11.
The French Government is still abiding by "the spirit and the terms" of its communique of Mar.15, when France first officially declared her willingness to discuss questions concerning "self-determination of the Algerian people and related problems". The Algerian Provisional Government in Tunis is uneasy about France's intention to deal with the FLN and the rival MNA, the Algerian National Movement, on equal terms. And President Bourguiba, early mediator between the two sides, has found it necessary to appeal to both General de Gaulle and the Algerian rebels to make a distinction between essential and secondary objectives. As matters stand at the moment all roads are still open.