• Short Summary

    HUNDREDS OF RELATIVES AND FRIENDS, AND A PARTY OF FOREIGN OFFICE OFFICIALS WERE AT ORLY AIRPORT, PARIS, APRIL 8, TO GREET FIVE FRENCH DIPLOMATS FREED THE DAY BEFORE IN CAIRO, EGYPT.

  • Description

    HUNDREDS OF RELATIVES AND FRIENDS, AND A PARTY OF FOREIGN OFFICE OFFICIALS WERE AT ORLY AIRPORT, PARIS, APRIL 8, TO GREET FIVE FRENCH DIPLOMATS FREED THE DAY BEFORE IN CAIRO, EGYPT.

    THE DECISION TO RELEASE THE OFFICIALS CAME SUDDENLY, WITH THE DROPPING OF ESPIONAGE CHARGES AGAINST THEM. THE REASON FOR THEIR RELEASE WAS ON THE GROUNDS OF "HIGH POLICY CONSIDERATIONS". THEY WERE BEING TRIED IN CAIRO ON A CHARGE OF CONSPIRACY TO MURDER PRESIDENT NASSER. FOUR DAYS EARLIER, THE PUBLIC PROSECUTOR HAD DEMANDED LIFE SENTENCES FOR THEM.

    GREAT SATISFACTION HAS BEEN EXPRESSED BY THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT AT THE DECISION, SEEN AS AN IMPORTANT STEPDTOWARDS THE REMOVAL OF A SERIOUS OBSTACLE TO THE IMPROVEMENT OF RELATIONS BETWEEN FRANCE AND THE ARAB WORLD.

    ON A MISSION DEALING WITH FRENCH PROPERTY IN EGYPT, THE MEN WERE ARRESTED IN THEIR HOMES IN JANUARY, AND THEIR ARCHIVES SEIZED BY THE POLICE.

    AT ORLY, THE MEN SAID THEY FELT THE LIKELIHOOD OF AN ALGERIAN SETTLEMENT EMERGING FROM THE CEASEFIRE WAS LARGELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR RELEASE. M. JEAN MATTEI, LEADER OF THE GROUP, SAID THEY WERE VERY HAPPY FOR THEIR FREEDOM. HE SAID HE AND HIS COLLEAGUES HAD ALWAYS FELT THE MORAL SUPPORT OF PUBLIC OPINION FOR WHICH THE FRENCH AND INTERNATIONAL PRESS WAS LARGELY RESPONSIBLE. THEY ALSO EXPRESSED THEIR GRATITUDE TO THEIR EGYPTIANS AND FRENCH LAWYERS FOR THEIR EFFORTS DURING THE TRIAL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA0RLFAQASLTVK909V7M1PV68G
    Media URN:
    VLVAA0RLFAQASLTVK909V7M1PV68G
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/04/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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