• Short Summary

    France has been accused of turning her back on African ex-servicemen who risked their lives in her defence.

  • Description

    1.
    GV Wreath being handed to three presidents of the Ex-Servicemen's Association
    0.11

    2.
    SV War veterans standing alongside war memorial
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    3.
    SV Presidents walking forward to lay wreath
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    4.
    SV Statue of soldiers on memorial
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    5.
    SV PAN FROM Flowers TO presidents
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    6.
    GV Congress delegates
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    7.
    SV PAN FROM Veterans TO Senegalese flag and band playing as delegates form up to march through city (4 shots)
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    8.
    GV Band playing as it heads parade to National Assembly building (5 shots)
    1.20

    9.
    SV Delegates arriving at Assembly building (2 shots)
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    10.
    SV INT Congress delegates seated
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    11.
    SV President of the Association's Senegal federation speaking
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    12.
    SV Delegates listening (2 shots)
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    13.
    SV Delegation from Upper Volta and Senegal (2 shots)
    1.52

    14.
    SV Members of the Armed Forces listening
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    15.
    GV Delegates applauding
    2.05



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: France has been accused of turning her back on African ex-servicemen who risked their lives in her defence. The challenge comes from branches of the ex-servicemen's association which held its fifth congress in Senegal last week (14-17 December).

    SYNOPSIS: The Congress opened with a wreath-laying ceremony in Dakar. The presidents of three branches of the association represented the 600,000 fighters and war victims who has served under the French flag.

    But the point of the Congress was not just to honour the dead. It also aimed to redress what it saw as a gross injustice done to the veterans. Although black soldiers had served jointly on the battle-field with white. Frenchmen, facing the same risk to life, they did not now receive the same kind of pension. In fact, Congress leaders claim, the payments are quite unfairly low.

    In 1974, France promised to take steps towards redressing this imbalance. But the Africans claim there has been no such redress. Instead they say France continues to treat them as big children -- giving them equality in the misery of battle but deeming them inferior to their French counterparts in pension rights.

    Speakers during the four-day Congress included the President of the Senegal federation of the association.

    Delegates were urged to present a united front by M. Jean Ahui, the head of the association. He said the ex-servicemen's budget was very modest and they had only hope and their will as weapons of progress to obtain their just rights.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8BL0IO7N5DFL216SKNGOKAMHP
    Media URN:
    VLVA8BL0IO7N5DFL216SKNGOKAMHP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/12/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:06:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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