• Short Summary

    Seventeen-year-old Ba Si Bokassa, the daughter of the Central African Republic President, arrived at Orly Airport from Vietnam on Tuesday (24 November), on her way to meet her father in Bangui.

  • Description

    Seventeen-year-old Ba Si Bokassa, the daughter of the Central African Republic President, arrived at Orly Airport from Vietnam on Tuesday (24 November), on her way to meet her father in Bangui.

    Ba Si, originally named Martine, will be reunited with her father after his 14-year search to locate her. She has lived in a poorer area of Saigon all her life and has been specially groomed by French consular officials so that President Bokassa can present her to his country at the National Day ceremony in Bangui on 1st December.

    President Bokassa served in Vietnam as a First-Lieutenant in the French Army during the early 1950's, and Ba Si's mother, Madame Hue...a cigarette seller, recently admitted that President Bokassa was the girl's father but the birth certificate had been lost. Ba Si who speaks only Vietnamese, is being accompanied by a chaperon from Saigon during the trip to meet her father.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA821Z782NDMCE038LO43ZTI3FK
    Media URN:
    VLVA821Z782NDMCE038LO43ZTI3FK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/11/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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