• Short Summary

    The tropical Comoro Islands, off the coast of Tanzania, unilaterally declared independence from France on Sunday (July 6).

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    The tropical Comoro Islands, off the coast of Tanzania, unilaterally declared independence from France on Sunday (July 6). France immediately imposed a state of emergency, but lifted it after only a few hours.

    The move by the islanders pre-empted ratification by France of a referendum last December, in which three of the four spices islands voted for independence. But on the island of Mayotte, 60 per cent of the 37,000 inhabitants voted in favour of remaining attached to France.

    Immediately following Sunday's declaration, Mayotte leaders cabled French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing asking him to keep their island French.

    An insight into the situation too the Comoros came from one of the islands' senators to France. El Amdjade Said Mohamed Jaffar, who spoke on Monday about the declaration of independence.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA3SIS0QLFB0VVAE6HJFFQTEA3
    Media URN:
    VLVAA3SIS0QLFB0VVAE6HJFFQTEA3
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/07/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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