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    RAOUL SALAN, THE FORMER FRENCH GENERAL AND A LEADING FIGURE IN THE O.A.S. (SECRET ARMY?

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    RAOUL SALAN, THE FORMER FRENCH GENERAL AND A LEADING FIGURE IN THE O.A.S. (SECRET ARMY ORGANISATION) WAS CAPTURED IN ALGIERS ON APRIL 20, AN FLOWN TO PARIS. FILM SHOWS HIS ARRIVAL IN A HEAVILY GUARDED CONVOY AT THE SENATE PRISON WHERE STRONG SECURITY PRECAUTIONS HAVE BEEN ENFORCED.

    WHILE POLICE KEPT A CLOSE WATCH ON CROWDS GATHERED IN STREETS LEADING TO THE PRISON, A GROUP OF POLITICAL PRISONERS INSIDE RIOTED IN SYMPATHY WITH SALAN. SOME SUCCEEDED IN BREAKING OUT OF THEIR CELLS AND TRIED TO SET TO A WING OF THE PRISON. FIREMEN STOPPED THE BLAZE, AND IN THE FIGHTING 15 PRISONERS AND FIVE POLICE WERE INJURED.

    A CROWD OF ABOUT 300 PEOPLE STOOD AT A DISTANCE FROM THE SANTE TO WATCH SALAN'S ARRIVAL AT 9.53 PM. THEY WERE NOT PERMITTED TO COME CLOSE TO THE PRISON WALLS. SOME PASSING MOTORISTS BEAT OUT THE RHYTHM OF "ALGERIE FRANCAISE" ON THEIR MOTOR HORNS. WHEN THE CONVOY ARRIVED, THERE WERE A FEW SHOUTS OF "SALAN TO THE GALLOWS" BUT POLICE MOVED QUICKLY AMONG THE CROWD TO PREVENT AN OUTBREAK OF VIOLENCE.

    DETAILS OF THE ARREST ARE NOT YET DEFINITE, BUT IT IS KNOWN HE WAS DISCOVERED IN A FLAT IN THE CENTRE OF ALGIERS NEAR THE UNIVERSITY. HIS WIFE, DAUGHTER, AND HIS AIDE-DE-CAMP WERE ARRESTED WITH HIM. AFTER HE WAS POSITIVELY IDENTIFIED, HE WAS FLOWN TO VILLACOUBLAY AIR AIRFIELD, A MILITARY FIELD NEAR VERSAILLES. FROM THERE HE WAS BROUGHT IN A POLICE VAN OVER A HEAVILY PATROLLED SUBURBAN ROAD NETWORK TO THE PRISON ON THE CITY'S LEFT BANK.

    SALAN, ONCE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF IN ALGERIA, IS ALREADY UNDER SENTENCE OF DEATH IN HIS ABSENCE FOR HIS PART IN THE "GENERAL'S REVOLT" IN ALGERIA LAST YEAR. HE WILL FACE A HIGH MILITARY TRIBUNAL SHORTLY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA67ALZHQ1B084TACL6HU35RTTG
    Media URN:
    VLVA67ALZHQ1B084TACL6HU35RTTG
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/04/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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