French naval vessels in the base at Diego Suarez in the north of Madagascar are the last French military units to remain in the Republic of Malagasy.
GV Naval vessels in port of Diego Suarez
CU Naval port sign
SV Frigates being painted
SV & CU Funnel being lifted into position
SV & CU Equipment being loaded aboard (3 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT TO SV Gun turret
SV PAN Painting on frigate continues
GV Naval vessels at quayside
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Background: French naval vessels in the base at Diego Suarez in the north of Madagascar are the last French military units to remain in the Republic of Malagasy.
The 4,000 troops who were based on the island have been propressively withdrawn during the last year under the terms of an agreement signed last June.
Most of the troops were withdrawn to the island of Reunion, more than 550 miles to the east.
However, under the terms of the agreement, the French Navy is to remain at the base at Diego Suarez for two years to train its Malagasy replacements.
Although all other French troops had to be withdrawn by the beginning of this month, French aircraft and ships will have unlimited landing rights under an agreement that is renewable every year.
At the same time the military agreements were signed, the two countries also signed other agreements relating to cultural exchange and financial questions.