• Short Summary

    Nearly every one of a town's thirty thousand population turned out to witness the funeral of forty-two victims killed in a coal mine explosion.

  • Description

    Nearly every one of a town's thirty thousand population turned out to witness the funeral of forty-two victims killed in a coal mine explosion.

    It happened in the town of Lieven, in north-east France, where the pit disaster occurred last Friday (December 27).

    The townspeople were joined by the Prime minister of France, M. Jacques Chirac and Industry Minister Michel d'Ornano, at the open-air memorial service - at which masses of flowers contrasted vividly with the grey landscape and the background of pithead winding gear.

    At the end of the service, miners - most of whom had lost friends and relations in the disaster - led the procession through the town, bearing wreaths.

    The funeral marked the last act in a mining tragedy unequalled in France for almost seventy years.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6NB5117CE8XYRZC17PMM8T4V9
    Media URN:
    VLVA6NB5117CE8XYRZC17PMM8T4V9
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/12/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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