The atmosphere was tense in Algiers, May 20, after a night of bomb outrages by French right-wing extremists and Algerian nationalists.
GV Pan.. Port of Algiers.
GV Street scene.
SV Troops on patrol.
SV Man boards up door of bombed tobacco factory.
MV Tilt down damage.
CU Bomb-damaged ground.
CU Tilt down damage.
SV Military patrol on pavement.
LV Troops check cars.
LV Troops pan to car stopping
BV Soldier talks to driver, pan to other cars.
CU Soldier talks to driver.
CU Car searched.
SV Searching, pan to other troops and cars.
SV Troops in armoured vehicle.
SV Troops in vehicle, pan to traffic.
LV Armoured car. - traffic passes
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Background: The atmosphere was tense in Algiers, May 20, after a night of bomb outrages by French right-wing extremists and Algerian nationalists. There were some 30 explosions, one of which damaged a cigarette factory. Troops and security units patrolled the streets in full force, and control was as strict as ever, despite a relaxation of restrictions and curfew for a few Algerians areas.
Terrorist activity in Algiers was in striking contrast to the announcement by the French Government of three major concessions, coinciding with the opening of the Franco-Algerian peace talks, at Evian. France ordered her troops in Algeria to cease fire for a month, except in self-defence; 6,000 prisoners were to be released in Algeria; and six former Algerian rebel leaders, including Ben Bella, were to be transferred from the Ile d'Aix prison to the French mainland.
Representatives of the Algerian Provisional Government attending the Evian conference remained unmoved by these conciliatory gestures. Their spokesman referred to the cease-fire order as "a propaganda trick, a deviationist manoeuvre and blackmail". He said the National Liberation Front was not bound by it. A truce could not be a unilateral decision.