The Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, has accused France of building a new imperialist bridge in Africa.
GV: Crowd moving around inside Charles de Gaule airport
CU: Airport arrivals sign
SCU: French Ambassador to Libya M. Charles Malo, arriving and walking through crowds. (2 shots)
CU PULL BACK TO SV: Ambassador climbing into car.
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Background: The Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, has accused France of building a new imperialist bridge in Africa. The charge was quoted by Libyan's news agency, Jana, on Thursday (7 February) when it reported Colonel Gaddafi as saying territory close to Libyan land was being subjected to invasion by a big power. His comments followed France's decision to send warships into the Western Mediterranean in response to a guerrilla raid in Tunisa, said to have been organised by the Libyan Jamahiriyah. On Monday (4 February) rioting Libyan demonstrators set fire to the French Embassy in Tripoli and the next day France recalled all its embassy staff from Libya. Monsieur Charles Malo, the French Ambassador to Libya returned to Paris on Thursday (7 February).
SYNOPSIS: Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, where the Ambassador's plane was due.
The departure of Monsieur Malo and his staff coincided with a French request for Libya to withdraw a similar number of officials from its Paris Embassy. The Tripoli Embassy was set alight during demonstrations against French military aid to Tunisia. The Libyan Jamahiriyah has been accused of organising a raid on the Tunisian mining town of Gafsa last month.
Forty-one people were killed at Gafsa. Tunisia turned for military help to France which sent three warships to the Western Mediterranean in response.